A Chaldean priest from Mosul has sent to us his witness on the way in which youth of Mosul are celebrating the World Youth Day. Most of the Iraqi young Catholic could not go to Cologne because of security and visa application reasons. Churches in Mosul have been targeted by car bombs in the last year.
In an interview with AsiaNews, the president of the Catholic Bishops 'Conference of India talks of his experience in Cologne, of the appointment of Benedict XVI and about the Indian Church.
Despite guarantees from the diocese, the vicar-general and the bishop, the German Embassy in Pakistan has denied hundreds of visas to those who wanted to attend the twentieth World Youth Day.
Even youth from Georgia have made it for the big event in Cologne but back home, their situation is difficult. Work is hard to find and their future prospects prompt them to seek refuge abroad or in drugs.
At the WYD, groups of young Indians are meeting different cultures and traditions. A small non-Catholic delegation is also present as proof of "peaceful multi-cultural coexistence".
Rome is the first leg of a pilgrimage of 10 Catholic youths coming from Cambodia; they will reach Cologne on 16 August with high hopes of "finally feeling part of the universal Church".
Mgr Kondrusiewicz: "Ask yourselves what to worship: the answer lies in the Eucharist".
More than 100 Chinese Catholics of the clandestine (unofficial) church have arrived in Cologne, overcoming difficulties posed by visa and controls. They tell of persecution but also of great vitality in evangelization.
Before the big meeting in Germany, the youths have been invited to visit their country of origin to discover the message inherent in cohabitation between Muslims and Christians.
A stronger faith is the main hope for Filipino delegates to WYD 2005. Many have not managed to obtain visas from the German Embassy.
The "strategy" of Benedict XVI: condemnation of terrorism and dialogue with the religions of Abraham. A telegram for the victims of Sharm el Sheikh.