Amy Boskill, from Saskatoon, was chosen at the last minute to greet Pope Benedict XVI in English in the company of a German from Cologne, on behalf of the pilgrims assembled in Germany. Here is the text of her address to the Holy Father.

Welcome Holy Father! Welcome to the twentieth World Youth Day in Cologne!

There are hundreds of thousands of young people from the world who have followed the invitations of Jesus Christ. They have started their way, and have come like the three Magi to worship him. In the Holy Mass at the hosting parishes, in the extraordinary great celebrations for the opening of World Youth Day and during the pilgrimage to the Cathedral, we have prayed and sang in many different languages.

On the days of social services, lots of young people made a sign of faith and commitment to follow the call of our late Holy Father, John Paul II, to create a new civilization of love. A lot of celebrations and festivals have enabled many people to encounter and understand the different cultural backgrounds of one another.

We are happy that you are here, Holy Father! We are especially glad that your first apostolic visit abroad is dedicated to the meeting of the young people of the world. Gratefully, we understand it as a sign of deep appreciation to the youth. A young Church needs young people, and young people need a young Church. The ship and the Rhine are very symbolic today. And with Christ been the steersman, we will go in the right direction in our journey.

We gratefully thank you that you will accompany us in these coming days on this journey. Welcome to the twentieth World Youth Day in Cologne!

Amy Boskill
Amy Boskill with Pope Benedict XVI
Left: Amy Boskill reading the English welcoming address to the Pope Benedict XVI.
The young woman from Saskatoon was greeted by the Holy Father. The welcoming ceremony took place Thursday 18 August, 2005