WORLD Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany, was certainly a memorable and life-changing experience.
I was incredibly privileged to be given the opportunity to go on pilgrimage as a teacher, to accompany a fantastic group of young people from Brisbane Catholic Education schools.
On August 16 we met as an Australian group in Cologne.
Put 2500 young Aussies in one room, united for one purpose, and the energy you create is nothing short of amazing.
Representatives of each group that travelled to Germany shared symbols of their pilgrimage and items of entertainment for the group.
Morning sessions of catechesis involved the gathering of young people from Queensland and other parts of the world. We listened to Scripture, formed discussion groups and participated in a question and answer session with a cardinal.
A highlight for me was when Cardinal Dias of Mumbai, India pulled out his guitar and taught us a song entitled The Royal Telephone.
This celebration of faith always concluded with a Mass where our own Archbishop John Bathersby and Queensland bishops concelebrated.
This was a thought-provoking and inspiring way to start our day.
During our time in Cologne we walked a riverside pilgrimage to the Cologne Dom, or cathedral.
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