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Thursday, August 18, 2005
World Youth Day Address
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Pope Benedict XVI is in Cologne, Germany right now for World Youth Day and can be watched on EWTN. His opening address (in several languages) was very enlightening and welcoming especially the ending where He stated that by inviting Christ into our life we lose nothing but rather Christ will then bring all things in us to perfection. The following is his address from the River Rhine.

Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist. Only he gives the fullness of life to humanity! With Mary, say your own "yes" to God, for he wishes to give himself to you.

I repeat today what I said at the beginning of my Pontificate: "If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation" (Homily at the Mass of Inauguration, 24 April 2005).

Be completely convinced of this: Christ takes from you nothing that is beautiful and great, but brings everything to perfection for the glory of God, the happiness of men and women, and the salvation of the world.

In these days I encourage you to commit yourselves without reserve to serving Christ, whatever the cost. The encounter with Jesus Christ will allow you to experience in your hearts the joy of his living and life-giving presence, and enable you to bear witness to it before others. Let your presence in this city be the first sign and proclamation of the Gospel, thanks to the witness of your actions and your joy.

Let us raise our hearts in a hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Father for the many blessings he has given us and for the gift of faith which we will celebrate together, making it manifest to the world from this land in the heart of Europe, a Europe which owes so much to the Gospel and its witnesses down the centuries.

And now I shall go as a pilgrim to the Cathedral of Cologne, to venerate the relics of the holy Magi who left everything to follow the star which was guiding them to the Saviour of the human race. You too, dear young people, have already had, or will have, the opportunity to make the same pilgrimage.

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Later in the day, the Holy Father visited the Cathedral in Rome and prayed before the relics of the Magi. Read his address there.

Photo Source: AP Photo/Patrick Hertzog, pool


1 comments:

del_button August 18, 2005 at 12:35 PM
Christ-Haunted said...

Thanks for posting this translation. I missed most of the address by the Rhine, but will catch it this evening when EWTN re-airs it.

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