My Pictures of World Youth Day 2

World Youth Day in Cologne: The Cathedral, Arrival of Pope Benedict and Catechesis

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This is my one picture of Aachen where we stayed during the World Youth Day events. The Cathedral pictured here, where we celebrated Mass with Bishop Bruskewitz, dates to the time of Charlemagne (786) who is buried here, and was the church of coronation for 30 German kings (936-1531).
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Arriving at Cologne, a view of the Cathedral from across the Rhine.
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Begun in 1248, this Gothic masterpiece was completed only in 1880 (the spires were last)! A testament to the faith of those builders, at the time it was the world's tallest structure.
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The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Peter and Mary, built on the site of a 4th century Roman temple.
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The Hohenzollern Bridge. Notice the World Youth Day logo on the side of the building.
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Our English Catechesis was held each day at a soccer stadium. Here Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington DC speaks to the young people.
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The priests gather as we prepare to celebrate Mass.
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My small group, while waiting for a train, joined in an African dance to pass the time.
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Pope Benedict XVI arrives! He travels up and down the Rhine river so that all can greet him.
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The Pope disembarks to make a visit to the Cathedral. He addressed the young people once from the boat, and once in front of the Cathedral.
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Entering the Cologne Cathedral, which was built to hold he relics of the Magi, the wise men who visited the infant Jesus from the East.
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The crowds waiting in line to visit the Cathedral, fulfilling the theme of the WYD as spoken by the Magi: "We have come to adore him."
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Inside the Cathedral, which suffered 14 hits from aerial bombs during World War II, but luckily didn't collapse.
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The two towers of the Cathedral are 157 meters tall, the cathedral is 144 m long and 86 m wide. (An American football field is only 110 m long and 49 m wide.)
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The Sarcophagus of the Magi, a large gilded reliquary from the 13th century (largest in the western world).
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Traditions says the reliquary holds the remains of the Three Wise Men. (It was opened in 1864 and bones and 2000 year old clothes were discovered.)
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It is possible to climb up inside one of the Cathedral's spires to a viewing platform 98 meters high.

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