POPE CALLS FOR PRAYERS
FOR SUCCESS OF WYD
Vatican City, Aug. 15, 2005
(CNA) - Presiding at the recitation of the Angelus this
Sunday at Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI called on
the world to pray for the success of World Youth Day.
The Pontiff’s reflection during the prayer centered on
the testimonies of the various saints and martyrs
celebrated in recent days, from St. Lawrence to St.
Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
“I invite all of the
baptized and, in a special way, the young people who are
participating in World Youth Day to look to these
brilliant examples of evangelical heroism,” the Pope
“Upon them all I invoke
the protection of all of these saints, in particular St.
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, who spent several years
of her life precisely in the Carmelite convent in
Cologne,” he added.
In conclusion, the Pope
addressed each of the language groups present, asking
for prayers for WYD.
To the English-speaking
pilgrims, he said, “I invite you to join me during these
days in praying for the success of the coming World
Youth Day in Cologne”.