GERMAN YOUTHS ALREADY LOOKING TOWARD WYD 2005
TORONTO, JULY 22, 2002 (Zenit.org).- More than 6,000
German youths are attending this World Youth Day as guests. Next time, they
might be the hosts -- if the next WYD in 2005 ends up in Cologne.
The German group is arriving in Toronto accompanied by 10
bishops, including Cardinals Karl Lehmann, president of the episcopal
conference, and Joachim Meisner, archbishop of Cologne.
Also in Toronto is Bishop Franz Josef Bode, president of
the bishops' Youth Commission, who explained the contribution that German young
people can make to this WYD.
"To be 'salt and light' in the world in an atmosphere
that is highly conditioned by consumerism, such as that of West Germany, and by
atheism, such as that of East Germany, is a real challenge," the bishop of
In regard to the expectations of German youth in Toronto,
he said, "The young people expect to be confirmed in the faith by the
universal Church and, at the same time, they wish to make an 'on-site
reconnaissance' to offer, eventually, home hospitality during the next WYD.
Because of this, we have already planned a joint meeting of German youths in