Pope's trip to World Youth Day officially announced

The Holy See Press Office Director, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, officially announced yesterday Pope Benedict's first foreign trip, a four-day visit to his native Germany for the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne.

The Pope will depart Rome on August 18 in the morning from Ciampino Airport, arriving Cologne after 2 hours of flight according to a Catholic News Agency report. The following day he will travel by car to Bonn, where he will spend the day and meet Germany's president Horst Koehler, returning to Cologne in the late afternoon.

Vatican sources have said the trip might include a visit to a synagogue in Cologne, either on Aug. 19 or 20. On August 21, he will depart Cologne for Rome at 7.15 pm, arriving at Ciampino two hours later.

The trip, which had already been announced by the Catholic Church in Germany, will be his second outside Rome since his election. Benedict XVI made a brief trip to the southern Italian city of Bari on May 29.

Benedict XVI trip to World Youth Day in Cologne officially announced (Catholic News Agency 21/6/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
The Vatican | Benedict XVI
Official website of the 20th World Youth Day 2005
Australian World Youth Day site

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22 Jun 2005