Thousands of altar servers to meet Pope

Image courtesy CIM

Image courtesy CIM

Thousands of young altar servers are getting ready to travel to Rome on 3 and 4 August for the tenth European pilgrimage promoted by the 'Coetus internationalis ministrantium' movement (CIM). The theme of this year's pilgrimage is 'Drinking Waters from the True Well'.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 3 August, altar servers from twelve European nations (including 44,000 from Germany and 8,000 from Hungary, France, Romania and Switzerland) will attend a concert in St. Peter's Square. The event, involving interviews and guest appearances, will culminate in the praying of Vespers and some words from the Pope. At the end of the event, participants will be invited to exchange their national pilgrim scarves with participants from other countries.

On Wednesday 4 August, the servers will attend the Holy Father's general audience. Bishop Martin Gachter, auxiliary of Basel, Switzerland, and president of CIM, will greet the national groups then present the Pope with a white pilgrim shawl. Following the Holy Father's address and blessing, a band and choir from Hamburg will play in honour of the German Pope.

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