Cologne, 16 - 21 August: Close to 7,000 Canadians Participating in World Youth Day

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(Ottawa – CCCB) Two weeks from now the Catholic Church in Canada will send the largest group of pilgrims in its history to World Youth Day (WYD), to be held in Cologne, Germany.

Other than in Toronto, in 2002, where tens of thousands of Canadians gathered, never has Canada sent such a large number of participants. Close to 7,000 youth from 300 groups will take part in WYD in Cologne, August 16 to 21. The Canadian participation is 55 percent higher than it was for WYD 2000 in Rome.

Almost all 71 Canadian dioceses will be represented at this international gathering. Thirty bishops will also take part in the Canadian delegation. Seven of these will have the privilege of directly addressing the youth through catechesis sessions: Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto; Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec; Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal; Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., of Halifax; Bishop Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., of Saint-Jean-Longueuil; Bishop David Motiuk, of the Ukrainian Eparchy of Winnipeg, and Bishop James Wingle of St. Catharines.

Young Canadians: Private meetings with the Holy Father

The German organizing committee expects about one million participants for this celebration which will be held in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI, visiting his native country for the first time since his election.

Four young Canadians, who have been working at the headquarters of the organizing committee in Cologne for the past months, will have a unique chance to meet the Holy Father:

  • Véronique Rondeau, from the Diocese of Joliette, will be representing the Americas during a dinner with the Pope that will gather 11 other youth from all over the world. Véronique works in the catechesis department and will supervise the progress of the Spiritual Centres during WYD.
  • Cynthia Crevier, from the Diocese of Valleyfield, will be meeting the Holy Father either during his trip on the Rhine or during one of the media conferences. Cynthia will be in charge of the WYD media centre as well as have responsibility for relations with English and French-language media in Marienfeld where both the vigil and closing Mass with the Pope will be held.
  • Glenn McDonald, from the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a seminarian with the Congregation of Saint Basil. He is also working in the catechesis department and will meet the Holy Father as he leaves Cologne on Sunday, August 21. During WYD, Glenn will share responsibility for the coordination of the largest English-language catechesis (17,000 pilgrims) at the LTU Arena in Düsseldorf.
  • Andrew Leung, also from the Archdiocese of Toronto, is a seminarian as well with the Congregation of Saint Basil. In Cologne, he is one of the two coordinators for the international group on liturgy that will be in charge of the main liturgical celebrations: the opening Eucharistic celebration, the vigil and the closing Mass. This team, composed of 180 participants from 80 countries, includes two other Canadians, Amy Boskill and Jeremy Anderson, both from the Diocese of Saskatoon.

 Véronique Rondeau

 Cynthia Crevier

 Glenn McDonald

 Andrew Leung

 Véronique Rondeau

 Cynthia Crevier

 Glenn McDonald

 Andrew Leung

Canadian WYD Headquarters in Cologne

Gérald Baril and Sylvain Salvas will be leading the Canadian coordination team in Cologne. Canada will join France, Belgium and Switzerland, whose official delegations will be headquartered in downtown Cologne, at 10 Wörth Street, a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral, in order to respond to the needs of pilgrims and bishops from their respective countries.

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