On train to Cologne, pilgrims discuss visit to Bavaria
Published: August 16, 2005
COLOGNE, Germany (CNS) -- The early morning train from Munich to Cologne Aug. 16 was crowded with World Youth Day pilgrims, including groups from Canada and California. The young people, headed to the World Youth Day celebrations that began that evening in Cologne, had visited Bavaria, the German state where Pope Benedict XVI was raised. "We didn't get a chance to go on the Bavarian pope tour," said Joseph Cyr, 21, a carpenter from St. Stephen Parish in Olds, Alberta. "We will in the future. But staying in a Bavarian family at least gave us an idea of the cultural background of how our pope grew up. His family would probably have been similar." U.S. pilgrims, too, were curious to find out more about their new pope. "I like what I have seen of Bavaria so far," said Steven Lewis, 17, of St. Clare Parish in Santa Clarita, Calif. Pope Benedict "comes from a culture that has a good sense of humor. And they are nice. They even allowed our group in the conductor's car to see how the train is driven."
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