Young Catholics Leave for World Youth Day

August 08, 2005

Over 100 teen and young adult Catholics from the Archdiocese of Washington will leave Dulles International Airport on August 9 to head to World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. They will join Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and 800,000 Catholic youth from around the world who are expected to participate in the August 16-21 event.

The young people will begin their trip in Rome, Assisi, Florence and Padua, then visit the Dachau concentration camp in Germany before arriving in Cologne on August 16. Cardinal McCarrick will travel to Berlin, Germany on Friday, August 12 for the 75th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Berlin before arriving in Cologne the following week.

World Youth Day is held in a different nation every two to three years; the last World Youth Day was held in Toronto, Canada in July 2002. During the week-long event, pilgrims participate in Masses with Pope Benedict XVI, prayer, a youth festival and catechetical sessions led by bishops from around the world. Over 450 people from the Archdiocese of Washington and over 23,000 people from the United States have registered for this year’s event. Many youth have raised funds for the trip through spaghetti dinners, parish auctions and candy sales.

The Washington-area pilgrims include teens and young adults from Church of the Nativity, Our Lady Queen of the Americas and St. Augustine, Washington, DC; St. Francis, Derwood; St. James, Mt. Rainier; St. Margaret of Scotland, Seat Pleasant; St. Martin, Gaithersburg; St. Peter, Waldorf; and St. Raphael, Rockville; as well as other groups based in Washington, DC or suburban Maryland.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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