Exactly four years ago, hundreds of thousands from all over the world came together in the archdiocese of Cologne for World Youth Day. Several hundred are heading to Altenberg this weekend to remember the days of Cologne – and to be part of a new tradition.
More than 250 young people from the Archdiocese of Cologne will attend the "Santo Campo" faith camp around Altenberg Cathedral from 3. to 6. July expected. In the style of the 2005 World Youth Day in Cologne, they are to "experience a lively Christian community full of spirituality and encounter," as diocesan youth pastor Mike Kolb explained in Cologne on Tuesday. The program would include more than 40 events, including workshops and parties, as well as prayers and church services. According to the information, the classical prayer times Lauds, Sext, Vespers and Compline in the morning, at noon, in the evening and at night are of central importance at the Faith Camp. They framed the entertaining offer. A highlight will be the Taize prayer with meditative texts and songs on Saturday evening. In addition, guided tours of the cathedral, readings, introductions to the history of monasticism and workshops on topics such as Gregorian chant, beer brewing and cooking according to medieval recipes are planned. "Consciously breathing up and out" The camp could serve to "consciously breathe in and out" at the beginning of the vacation season, the organizers said. The young people between the ages of 15 and 27 could also deal with their own faith. The general theme will be the 750-year history of Altenberg Cathedral and monasticism in general. According to the organizers there are still free places. The cost of 45 euros includes full board and lodging in your own tent. The faith camp is part of the cathedral anniversary celebrations launched in March. A total of around 80 concerts, Catholic and Protestant services, congresses, exhibitions, pilgrimages and guided tours are planned. After an eventful history and threatening decline, Altenberg Cathedral has been owned by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for almost 175 years as the legal successor to the Prussian state. The church is used jointly by the Catholic and Protestant communities as a simultaneous church. Until 2006, the church had been renovated for ten years at a cost of 21 million euros.