24 January 2018
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YOUNG PEOPLE IN COLOGNE"We have come to worship Him"

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

Young Thais in Cologne to bear witness to the faith of South-East Asia
Young participants rediscover the mission in schools and towards Buddhists.

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.

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".

WYD: 1000 youths from Russia have already reached Germany

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Editor's choices

The Vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones

John Baptist Lin

Last December, Mgr Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou (Guangdong) was forced to go to Beijing where "a foreign prelate" from the Vatican asked him to leave his see to illicit bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang. He had received the same request last October. Mgr Joseph Guo Xijin, ordinary bishop of Mindong, is expected to become the auxiliary or coadjutor of illicit Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu. Sinicizing the Chinese Church means supporting the principle of independence and follow the leadership of the Communist Party.

Pope in Peru: Young people, the heart can’t be “photoshopped”, because that’s where real love is found

At the Angelus in the Plaza de Armas, Pope Francis calls on young people to follow Jesus with all of themselves, without discouragement, in the example of St. Martin of Porres, the half-caste saint. Silent prayer for peace in the Republic of the Congo. To the bishops, the example of St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, an indefatigable evangelizer: "Today we would call him a 'street bishop'". To the contemplative religious the invitation to pray for the unity of the Peruvian Church.


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