My Pictures Of World Youth Day 4

World Youth Day at Cologne: Closing Mass and Departure

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Sunday morning we gather to celebrate Mass with the Holy Father at Marienfeld. 9000 priests, 750 Bishops, 54 Cardinals.
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And one Pope!
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Pope Benedict XVI arrives in front of the main altar, preparing to celebrate the Eucharist - what the Pope called in his homily: the "hour" of Jesus present in our midst.
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"By making the bread into his Body and the wine into his Blood, Jesus anticipates his death, he accepts it in his heart, and he transforms it into an action of love. In their hearts, people have always and everywhere expected a change, a transformation of the world. Here now is the central act of transformation of the world."
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We have come to adore. "The word adoration refers to a gesture of submission, the recognition of God as our true measure, supplying the norm that we choose to follow. It means that freedom is not simply about enjoying life in total autonomy, but about living by the measure of truth and goodness."
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"Jesus' hour is the hour in which love triumphs. Jesus' hour seeks to become our own hour and will indeed become so if we allow ourselves, through the celebration of the Eucharist, to be drawn into that process of transformation that the Lord intends to bring about. The Eucharist must become the center of our lives."
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"I know that you as young people have great aspirations, that you want to pledge yourselves to build a better world. Let others see this, let the world see it, since this is exactly the witness that the world expects from the disciples of Jesus Christ; in this way, and through your love above all, the world will be able to discover the star that we follow as believers. Let us go forward with Christ and let us live our lives as true worshipers of God!"
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"Following the example of the Magi, these young men and women set out to encounter Christ, in accordance with the theme of this World Youth Day. Now they are returning to their own regions and cities to testify to the light, the beauty and the power of the Gospel which they have experienced anew."
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Our small group throughout the trip - we made it.
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Flying home, some incredible views of Iceland. Yes, those are icebergs in the water.
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It was even more breathtaking than the pictures can show.
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Now we begin to pass over Greenland.
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We can see why both Iceland and Greenland are so appropriately named.

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