SPIRIT OF SERVICE WITH WYD VOLUNTEERS
Cologne, Aug. 19, 2005 (CNA)
- Since the start of World Youth Day in Cologne, 30,000
volunteers have been assisting pilgrims and journalism
professionals with a keen spirit of service. Some of
them may have been inspired by a mass, celebrated for
them, by the president of the Pontifical Council for the
On Monday, about half of
them attended a special opening mass, celebrated by
Archbishop Stanislav Rylko, at the Bay Arena in
Leverkusen, near Cologne.
Dressed in their easily
identifiable red-and-white T-shirts, the volunteers also
waved flags or banners from their native countries.
Archbishop Rylko said he
was impressed by the number of volunteers that attended
the mass, “how attentive and alert they are, and how
wonderfully they reacted to the words of Christ.”
He told volunteers that
the Eucharist is a model for their work. “It shows you
how to give yourself completely to others, and how you
can help,” said the archbishop and he urged volunteers
to be Good Samaritans.