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Pope says WYD showed renewed hope for Europe


CLICK HERESpeaking at his Wednesday Audience yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI expressed the hope that the past week's World Youth Day will produce positive results because, though it, "young people reintroduced to our age a message of hope that cannot deceive, because it is founded on the Word of God."

Catholic World News reports that Benedict followed the pattern set by his predecessor Pope John Paul II, using his regular weekly audience to reflect on his apostolic voyage.

The Pope, making his first public appearance since his visit to Germany for World Youth Day, interrupted his series of catechetical talks on the psalms and canticles to speak instead about his trip.

Benedict said that "in the heart of old Europe," which had been torn by bloody warfare and inhuman tyrannies during the 20th century, "young people reintroduced to our age a message of hope that cannot deceive, because it is founded on the Word of God."

In Cologne, the Pope continued, the nearly one million young participants "encountered and adored Emmanuel in the mystery of the Eucharist, and gained a better understanding that the Church is a great family through which God forms a communion and unity across continents, cultures, and races."

While he spoke primarily of the young people with whom he met at the Marienfeld park outside Cologne, the Pontiff reminded his audience that "millions of other young people from all the ends of the earth" also took part in the ceremonies by television broadcast. He suggested that many of these young people would follow a vocation to priestly or religious life-- perhaps a vocation they first sensed during the WYD celebrations.

Pope Benedict showed some signs of fatigue after his trip, but appeared calm and happy, smiling frequently during his audience. After his formal remarks, he spent some time recognizing and greeting different groups in the audience, speaking in French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Slovakian, and Italian.

SOURCE
Pope, at audience, reflects on World Youth Day (Catholic World News 24/8/05)

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25 Aug 2005