Saturday, March 1, 2008
World Youth Day
World Youth Day 2005 was a Catholic youth festival that started on August 16, and continued until August 21, 2005 in Cologne, Germany. It was the first WYD and the first 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. We were joined by about 600 Bishops and Cardinals. For our Salesian group (53 young adults) we were able to both enjoy World Youth Day as well as spend meaningful time in Turin visiting the holy sites of our Founder St. John Bosco. Thousands of young people from around the world are preparing to go to Sydney, Australia this summer for the next World Youth Day! Lets continue to pray for them and for the success of this pilgrimage of faith! The above video contains the theme song from the WYD in Cologne. It is a beautiful song that goes well with this video on our Catholic faith. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!