400,000 arrive in Germany for Catholic youth rally

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15 August 2005, COLOGNE, GERMANY - About 400,000 people have arrived in Germany to attend World Youth Day, a six-day international Catholic congress beginning Tuesday which will be attended by Pope Benedict XVI on his first trip abroad, organisers said.

15 August 2005

COLOGNE, GERMANY - About 400,000 people have arrived in Germany to attend World Youth Day, a six-day international Catholic congress beginning Tuesday which will be attended by Pope Benedict XVI on his first trip abroad, organisers said.

Pilgrims from 193 countries have arrived in the Rhine River city of Cologne and are being housed in various cities in the region in hotels, private homes, tent camps, schools and factory halls.

The Pope, formerly German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, will be visiting his homeland for the final four days of the event which the church hopes will unleash a new enthusiasm for Catholicism among young Europeans.

German State President Horst Koehler and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will meet the Pope at Cologne/Bonn airport on Thursday and will later have private audiences with the pontiff.

Up to 800,000 people are expected to attend the Catholic Youth Day's closing mass on Sunday which will be presided over by Benedict XVI.

DPA

Subject: German news

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