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
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!
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