YOUNG PILGRIMS PRAY FOR MEN TRAPPED IN RUSSIAN
Russian Youth Calls for End to Cold War Military Maneuvers
VATICAN CITY, (ZENIT.org).- Young men and women in Rome for World Youth Day prayed for
the crew trapped in the Russian submarine "Kursk" at the bottom of the sea. Moreover, they sent
solidarity messages to the sailors' families through the Italian Catholic agency SIR.
To the youths' prayer was added the voice of Russian Orthodox Mikhail Kojoukhovski, 30, from St.
Petersburg, who took part in the International Youth Forum as a delegate of the Conference of
European Churches. "My soul has raised a cry of prayer to God to save the people who are trapped in
the submarine," he said.
"Despite the festive atmosphere we are living in Rome, we cannot be indifferent to this catastrophe.
We must be united: Italians, foreigners and Russians, the whole world; we must ask for everyone's
solidarity. We feel close to the crew, but we also hope that a full stop will be put to this never-ending
Cold War history," the Russian Orthodox youth implored.