HIGH NUMBERS AT WYD
Aug. 16, 2005 (CNA) - World Youth Day (WYD) 2005 has
recorded the highest number of registrations in WYD
history. As of yesterday, 405,000 young Catholics from
almost 170 countries have registered for the event.
Organizers were expecting
400,000 pilgrims, and some 800,000 are expected for the
Cardinal Joachim Meisner,
archbishop of Cologne, announced the latest statistics
at a press conference today.
There was a surge in
registrations in the last week, said the cardinal. At
press time, organizers reported that 105,000 German
youth had registered, including the volunteers, making
them the largest group represented at WYD 2005.
The number of priests at
WYD has also hit a record high. Organizers were
expecting about 5,000 priests, but the number has nearly
doubled to 9,805. Cardinal Meisner told the press
conference that organizers do not have enough stoles and
garments for all of these priests at this time.
About 2,700 journalists
from around the world have received official