Boston, Mass., Jan 3, 2023 / 12:00 pm (CNA).
In his last World Youth Day before retirement, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged young people across the world to preserve Christian joy within their hearts.
On each World Youth Day, the late pope exhorted young people to follow the guidance of the Gospel by using a different theme from Scripture.
Below are all the times from 2005 to 2012 Benedict XVI encouraged young people at World Youth Day to live the Gospel message.
World Youth Day 2005
Benedict’s first World Youth Day as pope was celebrated in his native country, Germany.
Speaking to 1.2 million people in Cologne, he encouraged all to find the joy that is offered in Sunday Mass. The theme of World Youth Day in 2005 was “We have come to worship him.”
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