I personally want to add that I believe at "WYD" in Kln, through Papa we are going to witness some truly miraculous events...Events that are going to bring many more souls to the truths of Our Lord.: Witnesses of Divine Protection Upon Our Beloved Pontif....and how glorious he will be!
coming down the Rhine, all in white, like Lohengrin.:
"Hundreds of thousands of young people are expected to welcome Benedict XVI in Cologne on Aug. 18, where he will arrive by boat after crossing the Rhine."
"In the afternoon he will go to the Rodenkirchenbruecke wharf, from where a boat will take him along the river Rhine to the Rheinwiesen wharf where he will be welcomed by young people. The Holy Father will then travel back by boat to the city of Cologne where he will visit the cathedral."
Later, on the 20th, amongst tons of other activities for the day, he will travel by car to the large open grounds of the Marienfeld-tur where he will join young people in a vigil due to last until 10:30 p.m. And that is only the beginning of it all!
The following Morning at 10:00 AM, PAPA WILL PRESIDE OVER THE LATIN MASS IN KLN ON 21 AUGUST 2005, as the closing of the great event!: The altar at which he is due to celebrate stands on a hill overlooking a large field where the pilgrims will gather. The hill itself is manmade, composed of earth from all the countries of the world brought by young people who have participated in the preparatory meetings for this WYD."
From Archbishop Paul Cordes, President of "Cor Unum", we read:
Q: A journalist has said that John Paul II filled the squares, while Benedict XVI will fill the churches. Given the enthusiasm that has arisen in these first months, it seems that Benedict XVI will fill the squares and the churches. What do you think?
Archbishop Cordes: I wholly agree with you. The stream of pilgrims arriving in Rome is enough to describe that journalist's judgment as precipitous.
Undoubtedly, John Paul II has helped and continues to help from heaven to make interest in the person and ministry of Pope Joseph Ratzinger have such amazing repercussion.
Q: Another significant element is the novelty, after almost 1,000 years, of a German Pope. It is even more significant that it takes place after the fall of the Berlin Wall. St. Benedict saved civilization from the ruin of the Roman Empire; Benedict XVI has been given the task to revive the Judeo-Christian tradition in Europe and the West in the face of moral and religious decadence. Germany is a decisive nation for the future of Europe and, in this connection, a German Pope seems to be providential. What do you think?
Archbishop Cordes: The secularism of the so-called First World was of profound concern to John Paul II.
Although he came from a land firmly rooted in the Christian tradition, which through political challenge had succeeded in mobilizing further its religious energies, nevertheless he saw with clarity the signs of decadence.
Because of this, on the occasion of his trip to Austria in 1983, and despite the fact that he was advised against it by ecclesial diplomats, he wished to visit Kahlenberg, on the outskirts of Vienna, to commemorate the third centenary of the "fortunate victory," which had protected Europe from the penetration of the Turks and their religion.
When meeting with Austrian bishops on that occasion, he expressed acute thoughts on the sickness of Europe: "The experience of the apparent absence of God weighs not only on those who are absent or those most distanced, but is general. The spiritual current of today's conscience has a profound influence also on the active members of the Church. For this reason, the Good Shepherd feels obliged to leave space in the world and the Church above all to the light that comes from faith, in the active presence of God."
The new Pope is certainly God's response to the danger of secularism. And it is not just the name he has chosen which makes reference to it. Pope Benedict has expressed clearly his regret over the lack of reference to God in the preamble of the European Constitutional Treaty.
However, for several reasons I think too much importance must not be given to the contribution of Germany in the correct establishment of Christianity in Europe.
I count rather on a revitalization of the faith in our continent thanks to the new spiritual movements that have arisen in Italy, Spain and France, and which are found in the origin of World Youth Day.
Anthony E. Clark wrote:
Our Holy Father BenedictXVI "insists that the rich liturgical heritage of the Church should appear as continuity rather than rupture. And this is not just talk: in 1991, Benedict XVI celebrated the Tridentine Latin Mass in Weimar, Germany, in a crowded church, which included many priests and seminarians. In 2001, while at the Fontgombault conference, Cardinal Ratzinger sang the Tridentine Latin Mass.
In his preface to Franz Brieds Die heilige Liturgie, Benedict XVI wrote that, 'The Church stands and falls with the Liturgy.' The way Holy Mass is celebrated is clearly of paramount importance to our Holy Father. In his homily given during the Tridentine Mass he celebrated in the Abbey at Fontgombault, he stated: 'Let us pray to the Lord to help us to help the Church to celebrate the Liturgy well, to be truly at the feet of the Lord, to receive the gift of true life, the essential and necessary reality, for the salvation of all, the salvation of the world. Amen.' It is a prayer for all Catholics, regardless of the particular rite and Mass they participate in."
Pius V's Latin Mass Scheduled at Youth Day
Members of Juventutem to Participate
ROME, JULY 21, 2005 (Zenit.org).- At least 3,000 youths and 60 priests of a group supportive of the Latin Mass of Pope Pius V plan to attend World Youth Day in Cologne, an official says.
Armand de Malleray, of St. Peter's Fraternity, who is delegate general of the Juventutem association, announced the news to ZENIT.
The first Juventutem group was made up of followers of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, who met in Brazil. For the past three years, Juventutem has been in full communion with the Church of Rome. Its members will attend the Aug. 21 Mass presided over by Benedict XVI.
In the preceding days, at 7:30 a.m. the Juventutem group will attend a Mass celebrated in Latin in the old rite, in the Church of St. Antonius in Duesseldorf, which, together with Bonn and Cologne, is one of the three areas in which World Youth Day events will be held.
The church was assigned to them by the Pontifical Council for the Laity with the approval of Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne.
Three cardinals and eight bishops will preside at vespers or lead times of prayer and reflection which Juventutem members will attend.
De Malleray added that Juventutem's objective for World Youth Day is to "get to know one another, knowing that we have a common tradition within Holy Mother Church."
Papa celebrates the Latin rite:
In July's "Inside the Vatican", Juventutem explains further:
"Pope Benedict knows us even better, or rather more personally, having acted as our quasi 'Cardinal Protector' since the beginning of the 'Ecclesia Dei' movement in 1988. As a former Archbishop of Munich in Bavaria, he installed in his native region the main 'Ecclesia Dei' institute, the 'Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter'. He visited their motherhouse 18 months later when he traveled there to offer a Pontifical High Mass in the ancient Roman rite and preach on Easter Sunday 1990. He favored their Cannonical Errection of Pontifical Rite less than two months after their foundation.
On October 24, 1994, celebrating in Rome the 10th anniversary of the moto proprio 'Ecclesia Dei', before the Pope blessed us all in front of St. Peter's Bassilica, Cardinal Ratzinger thus addressed us:
Ten years after the publication of the moto proprio 'Ecclesia Dei', how does the account stand? Above all, I think it is an opportunity to show our gratitude and give thanks. The different communities born from this pontifical document, have given the Church a great number of priestly and religious vocations, zealous, joyful and profoundly united to the Pope, to serve the gospel at this era in history, our era. Through them many faithful have been confirmed in their joy to be able to live the liturgy and their love for the Church.
Our dear Holy Father Benedict knows our loyalty to the See of Peter, our devotion to his sacred person and our trust in his guidance of all the Church. For sure we are among his children."
More information can be found in July's issue of "Inside the Vatican" entitled "Romes Latin Masses" by Alberto Carosa.:
"With the event of Benedict XVI, who is publically in much favor of the old rite that he has celebrated himself on a number of occasions (he came to his native Bavaria at the Seminary of St. Peter to offer a Pontifical Easter High Mass in the traditional rite in 1990)...."
..."The presence of the old liturgy neither disturbs nor breaks the dicesan unity, but is instead a gift bound to reinforce the Body of Christ, of which we are all servants."
24 October 1998 Office of the Congregation of the Faith, Joseph Ratzinger.
Ratzinger also, even now as Pope, insists priests MUST face east in the Consecration of the Host at Mass. And in his work, "Feast of Faith", then-Cardinal Ratzinger noted:
"The original meaning of what nowadays is called the priest turning his back to the people is, in fact . . . the priest and people together facing the same way in a common act of Trinitarian worship. . . . Priest and people were united in facing eastward. . . . Because of the rising sun, the East oriens was naturally both a symbol of the Resurrection . . . and a presentation of the hope of the parousia (Second Coming).
He adds that the venerable and ancient practice of having a crucifix on the altar is a 'tradition of praying to Lord who is to come under the sign of the cross.' "