Pope Lunches With 12 Young People

COLOGNE, Germany, AUG. 19, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI invited 12 youths attending World Youth Day to lunch with him in the archbishop’s palace in Cologne.

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The Pope, who earlier had visited the city’s synagogue, spoke today with the young people and listened attentively to their comments.

Two youths represented each of the continents, and two others were German. The Pope remained alone with them and switched languages to be able to converse with each one, the youths told journalists later.

Here is the lists of the Holy Father’s guests:

Christille Giraudet, 20, France
Jason Mackiewicz, 28, Ireland
Nicolàs José Frias Ossandon, 19, Chile
Martin Hounzinme Adonha, 27, Benin
Yunju RosaLee, 21, China
Lauriane-Salomé Moufouma-Okia, 26, Congo
Véronique Rondeau, 23, Canada
Anna Franzkiska Herbst, 18, Germany
Klaus Langenstück, 22, Germany
Aleksander Pavkovic, 28, Slovenia
Lubica Jovanovic, 19, Australia
Johnny Bassous, 20, Palestine

Yunju RosaLee of Taiwan took advantage of the opportunity to pray with the Pope for her country’s situation.

“For me it is very important that the Pope be concerned about the future of my country. He told me that he knows the problems and follows them with attention,” said the young woman, who is a volunteer for the youth event.

RosaLee also gave the Pope a CD of Chinese music in which she and her band performs.

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