YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLOGNE"We have come to worship Him"

22/08/2005
Sydney 2008: for the evangelisation of Asia
22/08/2005
From Cologne hopes for Church unity in China
The Pope's presence and being together push official and underground Christians beyond World Youth Day to bear witness together. "We forgive the government which is suppressing us".
20/08/2005
Letter from Mosul: the WYD afar from Cologne, near to the Pope's heart

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.

20/08/2005
Baghdad youth write to the Pope about WYD
20/08/2005
The grand Vigil of Cologne: feasting, prayer, adoration
19/08/2005
Card. Toppo: "Criticism against the pope swept away by the youths in Cologne"

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.

18/08/2005
Pakistani Catholic youth do not get visas for WYD

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.

18/08/2005
Georgian youth at WYD but back home, their situation is deteriorating

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.

18/08/2005
Two young Uzbeks also attend World Youth Day
Church organises 12-day summer for those who could not attend WYD. Uzbekistan's first bishop, Mgr Jerzy Maculewicz, is among the participants.
17/08/2005
Young Indians in Cologne: "We are here to show the vibrancy of our faith".

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".

17/08/2005
Young Thais in Cologne to bear witness to the faith of South-East Asia
Young participants rediscover the mission in schools and towards Buddhists.
12/08/2005
Two young Iraqi men stranded in Jordan on their way to Cologne
The two left Mosul on Sunday but are waiting in Jordan for a German visa. Their arrival for the WYD remains uncertain; papers might be ready only after August 16.
12/08/2005
En route to Cologne, Cambodian youths pray for Italians: "They have forgotten their faith".

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".

12/08/2005
WYD: 1000 youths from Russia have already reached Germany

Mgr Kondrusiewicz: "Ask yourselves what to worship: the answer lies in the Eucharist".

11/08/2005
WYD: The first time ever for China's underground Church

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.

11/08/2005
WYD 2005: Mexican-Lebanese youths in Cologne and in search of their roots

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.

11/08/2005
Minister Ahmed Fatfat: Lebanon needs its youths to be reborn
10/08/2005
Chinese youths visit the pope before heading for World Youth Day
10/08/2005
Getting visas for six Nepalese youths to attend the WYD proves complicated
10/08/2005
300 Filipinos leaving for Cologne

A stronger faith is the main hope for Filipino delegates to WYD 2005. Many have not managed to obtain visas from the German Embassy.

10/08/2005
Mel Gibson's 'Passion' at the next World Youth Day?
The Archbishop of Sydney has asked the actor-director to re-enact the Crucifixion in various districts of his city, which will probably host of the 2008 World Youth Day.
09/08/2005
At least 400,000 registered for World Youth Day
Organisers expect a million people will attend Benedict XVI's final mass. Some 30,000 are working as volunteers. The Pope will concede plenary indulgence to all those who participate.
24/07/2005
The Pope wants to meet Jews and Muslims in Cologne

The "strategy" of Benedict XVI: condemnation of terrorism and dialogue with the religions of Abraham. A telegram for the victims of Sharm el Sheikh.