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Cardinal hails WYD opening


"At last the day has arrived!" exclaimed Germany's Cardinal Joaquin Meisner as he welcomed the official World Youth Day opening and thanked the thousands of volunteers who have helped in its preparation.

Catholic World News reports that Cardinal Meisner told a press conference yesterday that this week's 20th celebration of World Youth Day (WYD) should demonstrate that faith has a role to play in modern European society.

Speaking at the same event, on the opening day of WYD, another German Cardinal Karl Lehmann said that the witness of the Catholic Church must be "public, open, and official."

Cardinal Meisner said that the formal opening ceremonies last night local time could be "the first chapter" in the realisation of a vision that Pope John Paul II had for the Church in Germany.

After the disasters of the 20th century, the late Pontiff believed that Germany could give birth to a new Christian impulse for Europe in the early 21st century, the cardinal said. He added that the hundreds of thousands of young people gathering in Cologne this week will be determined to fulfill the ambition of their beloved Pope John Paul.

On opening day of the celebration, there were 405,000 young people registered for WYD events: a record number. There are 9805 priests participating, as opposed to the 5000 expected by organizers. At least 750 bishops will be on hand, including 60 cardinals. And 7,720 journalists have been accredited for the events.

"The figures are impressive, particularly for those who have been through several WYDs," said Cardinal Lehmann. He recalled the January 1995 celebration that brought over four million people to Manila for the closing ceremonies. While acknowledging that Pope John Paul II has been the dominant figure in every previous World Youth Day, he observed that Benedict XVI is also very popular, particularly in his native Germany. The Pope's books are on the best-seller list, he said, and one popular magazine recently carried the headline: "Benedict XVI, superstar."

SOURCE
Cologne WYD opens: "At last the day has arrived!" (Catholic World News 16/8/05)

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17 Aug 2005