Pope Benedict XVI began his first state visit to Germany on Thursday.

The 84-year-old and his entourage arrived at Berlin's Tegel airport, where he was welcomed by a red carpet. Some 6,000 police officers are expected to secure the four-day visit, CNN reports.

The pope's day started with a greeting from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Christian Wulff and members of the Cabinet, as well as members of the German Catholic Church.

I have not come here primarily to pursue particular political or economic goals, but rather to meet people and to speak about God, Pope Benedict said during a welcome ceremony at Bellevue Castle.

He is expected to meet with leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities and conduct three Masses, which will be attended by more than 250,000 people, the Associated Press reports.

Scroll down for the first photos from Pope Benedict's visit to his homeland of Germany.