HIGH NUMBER OF WYD
PILGRIMS RECEIVE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Cologne, Aug. 19, 2005 (CNA)
- World Youth Day organizers report that many pilgrims
are receiving the sacrament of reconciliation. They are
heading to the Center of Reconciliation, set up by WYD
organizers in the Cologne Exhibition Hall.
About 650 confessors are
on rotation at the Center of Reconciliation, which
opened Wednesday and will run until Friday. One hundred
priests are available to hear confessions at the center
at any given time, between 9 a.m. and midnight. The
sacrament is available in 40 languages.
WYD organizers chose to
hold confessions in Halls 6 and 7 of the center because
these rooms hold historic significance. It was in these
halls that Polish prisoners of war and forced laborers
were held during World War II.
Resources to help
pilgrims prepare for the sacrament are available in the
The sacrament is expected
to be available on Saturday and Sunday at Marienfeld,
where the pilgrims will gather for the overnight vigil
and mass with Pope Benedict XVI.