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CHINA VATICAN WYD
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".
11/08/2005 CHINA - WYD
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.
18/08/2005 PAKISTAN - WYD
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.
19/08/2005 GERMANY WYD
Pope meets seminarians at WYD for the first time
Benedict XVI wanted the meeting "so that the vocational dimension which is always a part of World Youth Day would be even more clearly and strongly evident."
Sydney 2008: for the evangelisation of Asia
12/08/2005 IRAQ WYD
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.
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