World Youth Day 2005

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XX World Youth Day 2005
XX World Youth Day 2005

We have come to worship Him (Matthew 2:2)

Location Cologne, Germany
Date August 16–21 2005
Song Venimus adorare eum

The 20th World Youth Day 2005 (German: XX. Weltjugendtag Köln) was a Catholic youth festival that started on August 16 and continued until August 21, 2005 in Cologne, Germany. It was the first World Youth Day and foreign trip of Pope Benedict XVI, who joined the festival on August 18. This meeting was decided by the previous pope, John Paul II, during the Toronto World Youth Day of 2002. The theme was "We have come to worship Him" (from Matthew 2:2).

About 400,000 young people from 200 countries attended during the week, and more than 1,000,000 came for the weekend. They were joined by about 600 bishops and cardinals, as well as by 6,600 reporters.

The Pope's Apostolic Journey to Germany[edit]

Do not be deterred from taking part in Sunday Mass, and help others to discover it too. This is because the Eucharist releases the joy that we need so much, and we must learn to grasp it ever more deeply, we must learn to love it.[1]

Pope Benedict XVI

Pilgrims in front of Cologne Cathedral
Pilgrims in Bonn
Pilgrims watch Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Mass on big screens

Originally, Pope John Paul II was to attend the World Youth Day in Cologne. After he died earlier in 2005, it was instead his successor Pope Benedict XVI's first apostolic journey. Most pilgrims to the World Youth Day made their plans to come while John Paul II was still Pope, and had hoped to see him. Before Pope Benedict XVI led the central mass, he met with several politicians and others.

August 18[edit]

August 19[edit]

August 20[edit]

The Pope issued a plenary indulgence for those attending World Youth Day, with a partial indulgence available to all who pray fervently, with a contrite heart, that Christian youth

  • be strengthened in the profession of the Faith;
  • be confirmed in love and reverence towards their parents; and
  • form a firm resolution to follow "the holy norms of the Gospel and Mother Church" in living out their present or future family life, or whatever vocation they are called to by God.

August 21[edit]

  • An estimated 1,000,000 people, after camping outdoors all night, joined Pope Benedict XVI for the concluding Mass in the vast Marienfeld near the village of Kerpen. Participants too far away to see the pope in the vast field watched the services on more than 15 large television screens.[2]

Attending groups[edit]

Numerous interest groups attended World Youth Day: schools, universities, church groups, and new movements were all well represented by their attendance.

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