400 Melbourne youth head to Cologne to meet new Pope

A large contingent of young people are flying out of Melbourne this week to join a group of 2500 Australians attending World Youth Day in Cologne, the largest ever Australian participation in the event.

A statement from the Melbourne contingent says that the event offers 16-35 year olds the "opportunity to celebrate Catholic culture through the vehicle of art, dance, drama and liturgy". The statement said WYD also provides formation in Catholic teaching by leading philosophers and theologians.

Aside from the Pope's visit, the WYD highlight will be a pop/rock concert featuring "a uniquely Australian edge with the appearance of Melbourne soul and blues singer Gary Pinto" at a concert in Dusseldorf. The Melbourne WYD Office says Pinto is formerly of the pop/rock band CDB and now performing with Jimmy Barnes, Diesel and Guy Sebastian.

"World Youth Day gives youth the opportunity to meet with their brothers and sisters in faith from other countries," said World Youth Day Director Jo Grainger. "This faith-connection breaks down all cultural barriers and strengthens unity and camaraderie not only within Catholic culture, but within broader societal culture".

Ms Granger said the effects of World Youth Day "ripple through our global village as over one million young people return to their home countries and seek to build peace and understanding in their schools, homes and workplaces."

"Young people love this event because it is relaxed and fun. It expresses the Catholic faith in a contemporary and engaging way which is transforming people's lives."

400 Melbourne youth head to Cologne to meet new Pope (World Youth Day Melbourne 2/8/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day 2005 - Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
World Youth Day - Australia

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3 Aug 2005