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22 August, 2005 - Published 16:16 GMT
Pope's message to youth festival
Before leaving Germany at the end of his first foreign trip, Pope Benedict XVI described a plan for the future of the Roman Catholic Church in a society which he said was turning away from Christianity. This report from David Willey:
At the end of Cologne's Catholic Youth Festival, the Pope gave a basically optimistic yet unusually realistic vision for the future of the Church. Catholic ethics and morals are in constant decline, he said. But this gathering of young people from around the world had challenged and stimulated him to think about the future, both of the Church and of society.
Benedict said young people are asking their pastors to be consistent, united and courageous. They're not looking, he said, for a Church which panders to youth, but one which is truly young in spirit. There can be no compromise, no watering down of the Christian gospel, he insisted. Earlier, in a homily, at the open-air Mass, he rejected what he called "do-it-yourself religion".
David Willey, BBC News, Cologne
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