Cologne (kathnews/RV) The Cardinal of Cologne doesn't see a real chance for any breakaway in the Mannheim Katholikentag. The numbers show, "that it clearly doesn't belong to a trend for Katholikentags.," said Joachim Meisner to the "Bonn General-Anzeiger" and the "Cologne Rundschau" this Wednesday. The Cardinal criticized that such meetings are missing "the Catholic middle", where unity with the Pope, Bishop, Priest and the people of God is palpable. The Cardinal said: "The Katholikentage is in my eye, no longer what it once was."
With a view to the 30,000 Mass goers in the Cologne Cathedral between Christmas and the Epiphany (Three Kings Feast) as well as the Trier Holy Robe pilgrimage with more than a half a million pilgrims he said: "This is the breakaway. The people of God even came on foot". The Archbishop of Cologne did not participate in the Mannheim Katholikentag. He will be blessing the Benedictine Abbey in Tagbha in the Holy Land during the same time, as +Meisner says: "Jerusalem is older than Mannheim."
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