Show the face of Christ to the world, cardinal tells young people attending WYD

.- During a press conference on World Youth Day 2005, which will take place in Germany in August, Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne said the mission of young people attending would be “to show the face of Christ to the world.” “You must come like the Wise Men. Bring others with you, don’t come alone.  If we gather in His name, Jesus will be among us.  We must show the face of Christ to the world,” the cardinal said during the press conference organized by Vatican Radio.

Cardinal Meisner recalled that John Paul II had told him of his desire that one of the first World Youth Days of the third millennium be held in Cologne and that he chose Germany as a sign of hope.

The cardinal said there are currently 400,000 young people registered to attend WYD but organizers expect that number to swell to 800,000.  As of now 7000 priests and 700 bishops from around the world are expected to travel to Cologne as well. 

He also revealed that Pope Benedict XVI would visit the Synagogue of Cologne on August 19 as a “clear symbol” of rapprochement between Catholics and Jews.  This will be the only papal event outside of WYD.

According to Cardinal Meisner, “The Holocaust is still an open wound for Germans.  The Jews are not just another people for us, they are our brothers and sisters and we must act so that nothing like that ever happens again.”

This visit will make Benedict XVI the second Pontiff to visit a Jewish temple after John Paul II, who visited the Synagogue of Rome in 1986 at the invitation of Rome’s chief Rabbi, Elio Toaff.

The Nazi army destroyed the Synagogue of Cologne during the Kristallnact of 1938.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 13:1-15


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 11:23-26
Gospel:: Jn 13:1-15

Homily of the Day

Jn 13:1-15


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: