World Youth Day 2005
|Date||August 16, 2005
August 21, 2005
|Theme||We have come to worship Him (Matthew 2:2)|
|Song||Venimus adorare eum|
The 20th World Youth Day (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
|“||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.||”|
|— Pope Benedict XVI|
Originally, Pope John Paul II was to attend the World Youth Day in Cologne. As 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.
- 12:00 The Pope arrived at Köln-Bonn Airport
- 16:45–18:00 Journey on the Rhine, the Pope spoke in Köln-Poll
- 18:15 The Pope visited Cologne Cathedral
- 10:30 The Pope met with German President Horst Köhler at Villa Hammerschmidt in Bonn
- 12:00 The Pope visited Roonstrasse Synagogue in Cologne. The synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938 and was rebuilt in the 1950s.
- 5:00 The Pope met with and prayed vespers with seminarians from over 80 nations at St. Pantaleon.
- 10.00 The Pope met with Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, president of the Federal Diet Wolfgang Thierse, Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union Angela Merkel and the minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia Jürgen Rüttgers
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.
- 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.
Numerous interest groups attended World Youth Day: schools, universities, church groups, and new movements were all well represented by their attendance.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to WJT 2005.|
- Current information on World Youth Day
- Documents of the Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Benedict XVI. from the Vatican
- Official Website of the XX World Youth Day 2005
- Better World Links on the World Youth Day 2005 (German)
- World Youth Day News and Background from the Deutsche Welle