Pope says worship is ultimate in human fulfillment

Pope Benedict XVI has expressed support for young people on their way to Cologne for World Youth Day, comparing them to the Magi who "searched for Christ before bending their knees in adoration".

Speaking at yesterday's Angelus prayer at Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father invited the entire Church to prepare for this month's World Youth Day.

AsiaNews reports that he said that "worshipping Jesus" does not belong to the past, but has a "sense for contemporary man".

"Only by worshipping and loving God above everything can man fully realize himself," he said.

"Thousands of youths are about to leave for or are already travelling towards Cologne for the XX World Youth Day which, as you know, has the theme We have come to worship him. One could say that all the Church has mobilised spiritually to live this extraordinary event, looking to the Magi as singular models of those searching for Christ, before Who they bent their knees in adoration".

As Saturday was the Feast of the Transfiguration, the Pope recalled the experience of the disciples Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor, and of many saints who worshipped Jesus and his "victory over death".

"The saints became true worshippers of the living God, loving him without reservation in every moment of their life," he said.

Benedict then expressed hope that youths will rediscover this holiness in Cologne and take it to all the world's youths, helped by the example of Mary: "May She help especially new generations to recognize in Christ the true face of God, to worship, love and serve Him with total dedication".

After the Angelus prayer and before giving customary greetings, Benedict XVI added: "I wish to express my condolences to the relatives of victims of yesterday's airline tragedy in southern Italy. I pray for the victims and for the wounded, most of who came from Bari and whereabouts. I join in the mourning of families and the entire church and civil community of this city, which I visited recently for the national Eucharistic Congress. May the dead and resurrected Christ instill in all comfort and hope."

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8 Aug 2005