COLOGNE'S CARDINAL CHEERED BY TURNOUT

COLOGNE, Germany, AUG. 21, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The meeting of 1 million young people with Benedict XVI and bishops made Christ present in a special way in Cologne, says the city's archbishop.

In his greeting to the Holy Father and those present at the closing Mass of World Youth Day, Cardinal Joachim Meisner recalled Jesus' words in the Gospel: "Where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst."

He said: "Where 1 million are gathered together in his name -- as we are here at Marienfeld together with almost 800 bishops and our beloved Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI -- we can touch, hear, and cannot fail to see Christ.

"We thank God that you are here and that he has led 1 million young people to us from 193 countries around the globe."

 

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