Pope urges more than a million youths to discover power of faith

CLICK HEREIn back-to-back encounters with more than a million young people from around the world, Pope Benedict XVI urged them to discover the transforming power of the faith and join the "true revolution" of personal holiness.

At the World Youth Day vigil on Saturday, and at closing Mass yesterday, the Holy Father preached about the inspiration of the saints and the mystery of the Eucharist, encouraging the youths to change themselves if they want to change the world.

"Only from the saints, only from God does true revolution come," he told a vast candlelit crowd spread across a field outside Cologne.

Catholic News Service reports that the pope was presiding for the first time over World Youth Day, and he did so in a solemn and dignified style. At the vigil, he sat quietly as he watched slow liturgical dancing and listened to Scripture readings.

Unlike similar megameetings with Pope John Paul II, there was no papal bantering with the crowd or light-hearted silliness. At the end of the long evening, dressed in a golden cope, Pope Benedict led the crowd in adoration of the Eucharist.

In his talk, he retold the simple story of the Wise Men who found Jesus in a manger, thus discovering an unworldly kind of power.

The pope's emphasis on the saints -- old ones like St. Francis of Assisi and more recent figures of holiness like Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta -- resonated with many in his young audience.

The young people at Marienfeld had spent a week visiting German parishes, listening to catechetical talks, attending musical and theatrical performances and joining in prayers and processions through the streets of Cologne.

They all came together for the first time at the evening vigil, where the pope's appearance in his popemobile set off cheers and camera flashes.

His first act was to bless a huge bronze bell dedicated to the memory of Pope John Paul, who founded World Youth Day. As the bell tolled deeply, many in the crowd broke into chants of "Giovanni Paolo" -- John Paul's name in Italian.

The vigil was heavier on prayer and lighter on entertainment than previous such events. Spiritual dances by young women from India and Ghana alternated with brief testimonials and the singing of hymns.

At one point, an Argentine artist juggled straw hats and flaming torches to symbolize prayer as a dialogue between God and man. The pope, his eyebrows raised slightly, looked bemused.

Pope urges more than a million youths to discover power of faith (Catholic News Service 21/8/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day - Australia
World Youth Day - International
World Youth Day - Vatican

Arriving Pope calls WYD a sign of church vitality (CathNews 19/8/05)
PM's message advances WYD Australia rumours (CathNews 18/8/05)
Cardinal hails WYD opening (CathNews 17/8/05)
WYD pilgrims arriving in Cologne (CathNews 16/8/05)
Pope seeking 'new wave of faith' (CathNews 15/8/05)
Benedict set to embark on first international mission (CathNews 12/8/05)
German youths upset after Filipinos denied visas for WYD (CathNews 11/8/05)
Outspoken rock band scratched from WYD (CathNews 10/8/05)
Visa denials disappoint WYD would-be pilgrims (CathNews 9/8/05)
Pope says worship is ultimate in human fulfillment (CathNews 8/8/05)
No-fly zone to aid WYD papal mass security (CathNews 5/8/05)
Youth make biggest ever pilgrimage to leave Australia (CathNews 4/8/05)
400 Melbourne youth head to Cologne to meet new Pope (CathNews 3/8/05)
Sydney WYD champagne corks await word from Pope (CathNews 2/8/05)
Vatican journo claims 2008 WYD 'winner is Sydney' (CathNews 1/8/05)
Terror threat changes WYD plans for Sydney pilgrims (CathNews 28/7/05)
WYD preparations enter home stretch (CathNews 20/7/05)
World Youth Day cross begins final push for Cologne (CathNews 7/7/05)
Pell leads bid for Sydney World Youth Day (CathNews 5/7/05)
Pope's trip to World Youth Day officially announced (CathNews 22/6/05)
Cardinal urges pope to keep World Youth Day commitment (CathNews 3/3/05)
German organizers further plans for World Youth Day (CathNews 7/1/05)

A long damp night, but Catholic youths happy with pope's mass (Agence France-Presse/Yahoo 21/8/05)
Holiness is goal of life, Pope tells seminarians (catholicireland.net 21/8/05)
Pope Benedict will transform Europe, cardinal predicts (Catholic World News 19/8/05)
Pope visits German president (Catholic World News 19/8/05)
Church unity, seminary training are Pope's topics (Catholic World News 19/8/05)
German politicians meet with Pontiff (Catholic World News 20/8/05)
Cardinal sees historic gesture in Pope's synagogue visit (Catholic World News 20/8/05)
Thousands join pope on Youth Day (CNN 21/8/05)
'Catholic Woodstock' on the Rhine (BBC 20/8/05)
Pope speaks to 800,000 Catholics (C_BBC 21/8/05)
Pope draws 800,000 pilgrims to Cologne (Seven News/Australian Associated Press 21/8/05)
German politicians make pilgrimage to see Pope (Reuters 20/8/05)
Pope tells youths, shun DIY religions (One News 21/8/05)
Card. Toppo: "Criticism against the pope swept away by the youths in Cologne" (AsiaNews.it 19/8/05)
Pope meets seminarians at WYD for the first time (AsiaNews.it 19/8/05)
Ecumenism: Benedict XVI's priority vis--vis "the great ethical questions" (AsiaNews.it 19/8/05)
Letter from Mosul: the WYD afar from Cologne, near to the Pope's heart (AsiaNews.it 20/8/05)
Baghdad youth write to the Pope about WYD (AsiaNews.it 20/8/05)
Pope: Terrorism is a "perverse and cruel decision" to be countered by inter-religious dialogue (AsiaNews.it 20/8/05)
Pope: Adoring Jesus, following the defenceless power of his love is the true revolution (AsiaNews.it 20/8/05)
The grand Vigil of Cologne: feasting, prayer, adoration (AsiaNews.it 20/8/05)
Pope: Discover Christ to resolve forgetfulness of God and "do-it-yourself" religion (AsiaNews.it 21/8/05)
Pope lands in Germany, calls World Youth Day sign of church vitality (Catholic News Service 18/8/05)
Young people on banks, in Rhine, give pope rousing welcome to Germany (Catholic News Service 18/8/05)
Bishop cites "national impact" of denying politicians Communion (Catholic News Service 18/8/05)
At McDonald's near cathedral, tables offer good views of pope (Catholic News Service 19/8/05)
On crowded German trains, young people keep good humor (Catholic News Service 19/8/05)
It's not their parents' faith: Young adult Catholics find new paths (Catholic News Service 19/8/05)
Young people find pope disarming, intelligent, interested in them (Catholic News Service 19/8/05)
Young people find pope disarming, intelligent, interested in them (Catholic News Service 19/8/05)
Pope meets seminarians, says vocation is like 'falling in love' (Catholic News Service 21/8/05)
Pope urges more than a million youths to discover power of faith (Catholic News Service 21/8/05)
Pope lunches with WYD pilgrims, youth touched by his warmth (Catholic News Agency 19/8/05)
Papal tour brings city center to a halt, youth gather to celebrate (Catholic News Agency 19/8/05)
High number of WYD pilgrims receive sacrament of reconciliation (Catholic News Agency 19/8/05)
Archbishop celebrates spirit of service with WYD volunteers (Catholic News Agency 19/8/05)
WYD brings Protestants, Catholics together (Catholic News Agency 20/8/05)
Baghdad Catholic youth celebrate WYD in Iraq capital, salute Pope and pilgrims in Cologne (Catholic News Agency 20/8/05)
True revolution comes from God and the saints, Pope tells 700,000 youth (Catholic News Agency 20/8/05)
Pope attacks "cruel fanaticism" of terrorism (DeHavilland 20/8/05)
Church agencies to join major climate change coalition (Ekklesia 21/8/05)
Pope condemns wave of fanaticism (The Observer 21/8/05)
More Than 1 Million Greet Pope in Germany (The Guardian/Associated Press 21/8/05)
Pope Ends Visit to World Youth Day (The Guardian/Associated Press 21/8/05)
Cologne, WYD: Message to Pope from youths of Baghdad, "Also we with you" (Missionary Service News Agency 20/8/05)
Do-it-yourself religion 'cannot ultimately help us,' pope tells youth (National Catholic Reporter 21/8/05)
John L Allen: WYD liturgical styles (National Catholic Reporter 21/8/05)
John L Allen: Diversity among youth (National Catholic Reporter 21/8/05)
John L Allen: WYD 'rehabilitates' Joseph Ratzinger (National Catholic Reporter 21/8/05)
John L Allen: Some ripples of dissent (National Catholic Reporter 21/8/05)
John L Allen: Meeting with seminarians (National Catholic Reporter 21/8/05)
John L Allen: Pope and teacher (National Catholic Reporter 21/8/05)
More Than 1 Million Welcome Pope (Herald-Sun 21/8/05)
In Chaos, Germans improvise / but what about Rain? (World Youth Day Independent News/stern1.de 19/8/05)
Protestant Dissatisfaction and Hope (World Youth Day Independent News/stern1.de 19/8/05)
German TV reporters are "missing out the spiritual meaning" (World Youth Day Independent News/stern1.de 19/8/05)
Peaceful and vibrant Vigil with 700,000 (World Youth Day Independent News/stern1.de 21/8/05)
Pope criticises religious consumerism (Sunday Mail/AFP 21/8/05)
Pope's visit draws 800,000 pilgrims (The Age 21/8/05)
No condoms please, we're Catholic (Agence France-Presse/Weekend Australian 20/8/05)
Pilgrims flock to Pope's first overseas tour (The Courier Mail 22/8/05)
First papal interview as young flock to Cologne (The Tablet 20/8/05)
The Pope tries to rally army of young with plea for unity (London Times 19/8/05)
Pope Highlights Holiness in Address to Seminarians (Zenit 19/8/05)
Dialogue Will Unite Christians, Says Pope (Zenit 19/8/05)
Pope Lunches With 12 Young People (Zenit 19/8/05)
Juggling Act Part of Youth Day Vigil (Zenit 19/8/05)
2 Tell of Their Lunch With the Pope (Zenit 20/8/05)
Benedict XVI's Address at World Youth Day Vigil (Zenit 20/8/05)

22 Aug 2005