15 August 2005

Angolans Travel to Cologne for Catholic World Youth Day

Hachemburg — An Angolan delegation comprising 37 catholic delegates that is since Friday in Hachemburg (Germany) is flying today to Cologne, to attend a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, under the Roman Catholic World Youth Day event from 15-21 August.

The delegation that is being headed by the chairman of the Angolan Episcopal Commission for Youth, Dom José Nambi, and includes five priests and youths with various dioceses of the country, attended on Friday, an eucharistic celebration with the community of Hachemburg, followed by a visit to the monastery of priests built 500 years ago.

The delegation toured the various sections of the monastery, whose construction that started in 1212 last nearly 200 years to be complete and is regarded as one of the most ancient buildings of Germany and Europe.

The Roman Catholic World Youth Day event is a meeting instituted by Pope John Paul II. This is the 20th edition, the last was held in 2003, in Toronto Canada.

Over 5,000 youths are expected to attend the event, that is the first meeting of Pope Benedict XVI with youths of the world since he was elected in April this year.

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