The Church has
set up a website highlighting the different initiatives, which can be
visited at http://www.kirche-am-ball.de, meaning the “Church at the
The site offers
a wide view of what the Church will be offering for the world cup, as
well as a listing of parishes in each city where games will be played.
Different information sites, charity organizations, and various
religious communities will offer reflections and pastoral activities.
“In her way, the
Church is willing to contribute to what is the slogan of this sport
event, “Welcome the world as friends,” said Cardinal Karl Lehman,
president of the German Bishops conference.
He boasted the
contribution of more than 480 parishes which will open their doors for
foreign speaking Catholics, as well as priests who will be available
for teams and fans.
celebration is planned for the opening of the World Cup, on June 9th at
the Cathedral Our Lady in Munich, Bavaria.
“We wish to pray
to God for the success of this World Cup, and we are grateful for the
multiplicity of cultures in our world which will be represented during
this event,” said Cardinal Lehman.
sports fans around the world gear up for this year’s World Cup soccer
tournament, which will take place around Germany from June 9th to July
9th, the German Catholic Church has announced a series of activities
and initiatives for the gathering world crowd.