POPE BENEDICT JOINS YOUNG
PEOPLE ‘SPIRITUALLY ON THE MARCH’ FOR WYD IN COLOGNE
Vatican City, July 18,
2005 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI prayed his traditional
Sunday angelus while vacationing in the Italian alps
yesterday, and excitedly told young people there that,
“we will all meet in Cologne.”
Following the noontime prayer, the Holy Father
greeted the bishop, priests, religious, families and
local authorities of northwestern Italy’s Valle d'Aosta
region, where he is spending his summer holiday. He
assured those who had gathered of his special prayers
for the sick and suffering and greeted sick and disabled
in the front rows of the crowd.
The Pope then addressed young people and said, "You
have come to my first Angelus in the mountains. We are
already spiritually on the march to Cologne. We will all
meet in Cologne!"
Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Cologne, in his
native Germany on August 18th through 21st for the 20th
World Youth Day, a celebration instituted by his
predecessor, John Paul II.