Liz Mohn meets with Pope Benedict
As part of a general audience at the Vatican, Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, met with Pope Benedict XVI on April 30, 2008, at St. Peter’s in Rome. Accompanied by her daughter, Dr. Brigitte Mohn, and Dr. Martin Rieger, program director at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Mohn presented the pope with a copy of the Religion Monitor recently published by the foundation. Following the general audience in Rome, the delegation from Gütersloh took part in a tour of the Papal University, home to the first Department of Bioethics.
On the evening prior to the meeting, Mohn invited a number of high-level papal representatives to a dinner held at the Villa Massimo. Participants also included members of the diplomatic corps and the German business community in Milan as well as students at Villa Massimo. In addition, Mohn also met with the Dr. Notker Wolf, abbot primate of the Benedictine Confederation. The German abbot recently made headlines over his book “Worauf warten wir noch?” (What Are We Still Waiting For?), which documented a number of his “heretical” thoughts about Germany.
In order to investigate the topic of “faith and religion” for publication in the Religion Monitor, the foundation surveyed some 20,000 people in a range of countries around the globe on their religious beliefs. The survey received extensive media attention in Germany in December 2007.