Latin, Old Rite Universal Languages at World Youth Day

Cardinals, Bishops Join Delegation of Youth Attached to the Tridentine/Gregorian Mass

World Youth Day 2005 has attracted more than hundreds of thousands of Catholic youth (and a few protesters) to Cologne, Germany.

The event has also attracted the traditional Latin Mass.

Juventutem is an international delegation of approximately 1,000 traditional youth attending the 20th World Youth Day. Their 12-day pilgrimage includes Holy Mass daily according to the Roman Missal of 1962, prayer, Eucharistic adoration, and spiritual lectures on various topics.

Three cardinals and eight other bishops are scheduled to meet with the delegation:

  • His Eminence Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, will lead them in the Holy Rosary
  • His Eminence Cardinal Francis Arinze will preside at Vespers and Benedition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, will preside at Vespers and Benediction
  • Bishop Fernando ArĂȘas Rifan, Superior of the St John Mary Vianney Apostolic Administration, will be Juventutem’s main representative amongst the clergy

See the complete list of bishops here.

In his 1988 Apostolic Letter, Ecclesia Dei, the late Pope John Paul II called for “wide and generous application” of the permission to use of the Roman Missal of 1962. This same pope convened World Youth Day 2005. It is sad that His Holiness did not live to see this fruit of such wide and generous application of the Rite of 1962 at this World Youth Day.

  • Juventutem Web Site
  • Heneghan, T. “Catholic youths flock to centuries-old Latin Mass.” (2005 Aug 17). Reuters.
  • Petre, J.”Traditional Latin Mass is given a new lease of life.” (2005 Aug 15). Telegraph Group Limited (UK).

Summary Contributed 2005 Aug 18/sl