Additional dossiers on the new pope and Germany's religious environment help add context to the World Youth Day.
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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. He is currently studying toward a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. THINGS coalesced to make this year’s World Youth Day celebration historic.
It was held within the context of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (2016), in the city of Divine Mercy (Kraków), inviting pilgrims to follow in the footsteps of the pope of Divine Mercy (St.
Most are staying in schools and people's homes, but a mosque, a farm and IKEA have all welcomed pilgrims. 15, 2005) About 800,000 young Catholics are expected to attend World Youth Day in Cologne in August.
Many require a visa to enter Germany: Foreign ministry officials have thought of a somewhat unusual way to prevent abuse.
Described as the biggest high-profile international event to take place in the Rhine region in the last decades, the World Youth Day requires an immense amount of logistical planning covering everything from visa applications and accommodation for pilgrims to organizing volunteers, to ensuring protection of the environment.
Of course, the event also presents itself as a showcase for the Catholic Church and for the new pope in particular.
Hundreds of thousands of young people are expected to flock to Cologne in August to celebrate World Youth Day.
But the Catholic Church event is already being overshadowed by the threat of terrorist attacks on civilians.