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We have come to adore Him



XXth World Youth Day - August 2005 at Cologne

19/03/2005: Vatican

Get up, listen and start on your way! The message that is right at the heart of the XXth World Youth Day to be held this August in Cologne, Germany and that which the Pope addressed to each young person in Europe and the world can be summarised in these three verbs. John Paul II said these words to young Catholics in Switzerland during a meeting in Berne last June, after he had already given the theme “We want to see Jesus” on the previous Palm Sunday. These words from the Gospel of John express a request from some Greeks to the Apostles in Jerusalem. We have come to adore Him is the theme of the international meeting in this German city, which, according to an ancient tradition, is the guardian of the relics of the Magi. It is a symbolic place that the Pope has chosen with the desire to propose to the youth of today the spiritual journey that was accomplished by these mysterious figures from the East in their search for Christ two thousand years ago.

The theme: We have come to adore Him wants to help young people to travel once more the way of the Magi in order to encounter, as they did, the Messiah.
The logo: The two red spires symbolise the cathedral in Cologne, the place for the meeting. The experience will be valuable if the encounter with Christ (the letter C) continues through life (the Cross). The star is not only a guide, but also a point of reference.
The chant: Venimus adorare Dominum. This is sung alternately in Latin and in German. It is the work of a young composer Gregor Linssen. It was chosen from among 215 chants presented by composers throughout the entire world.

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