Monday, July 21, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Journey to Sydney (Australia) / World Youth Day 2008

[NOTE: This post will be continually updated throughout Benedict XVI's visit to Australia July 12-21, 2008].


Pope Benedict XVI waves to pilgrims after the Final Mass at Southern Cross Precinct during World Youth Day Sydney 2008 [Source: Getty Images]

Spoken Words / Addresses by Benedict XVI

Message of the Holy Father to the Young People of the World on the Occasion of the XXIII World Youth Day, 2008 Lorenzago, 20 July 2007.

Pope Benedict XVI travels in his Pope mobile through the Southern Cross Precinct as part of the motorcade preceding his Final Mass at Randwick Racecourse [Source: Getty Images]

Coverage by John Allen, Jr.

  • 7-24-08: Four Sfumature from the Pope’s trip to Sydney "While the trip produced no earthquakes, it did offer a few of what the Italians would call sfumature … small nuances that can be meaningful. This week, I offer four such "Sfumature from Sydney." These are by no means the main points of the trip, but rather smaller matters around the edges where something unexpected or revealing broke through."
  • 7-20-08: WYD: Pope meets with sex abuse victims According to a Vatican statement released early Monday morning in Australia, Pope Benedict XVI has met with four victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, listening to their stories and celebrating Mass for them.
  • 7-19-08: WYD: 'New Age' spirituality, Benedict XVI style In language that was at turns almost lyrical, Pope Benedict XVI today offered a paean to “new age” spirituality – though, to be sure, certainly not of the “tune in, turn on and drop out’ variety.
  • 7-19-08: WYD: Benedict the theologian offers seminar on Spirit Benedict XVI delivered what amounted to a theological exposition on the Holy Spirit – sometimes, as the pope put it, the “neglected person of the Blessed Trinity” – to a throng of young pilgrims estimated at 235,000 gathered for a vigil at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse.
  • 7-18-08: WYD: Pope on sex abuse: 'I am deeply sorry' Pope Benedict XVI today offered a direct apology for the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests and religious, saying he is "deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured," assuring them that "as their pastor, I share in their suffering."
  • 7-18-08: WYD: Benedict paints his own shade of green Pope Benedict XVI continued to paint his distinctive shade of green in Australia yesterday, repeatedly voicing environmental concerns while linking them to a broader range of Christian doctrines and moral teaching.
  • 7-16-08: WYD: Novelty in the air, but a classic 'Ratzingerian' message Novelty was in the air in Sydney tonight, as Pope Benedict XVI kicked off his first-ever trip Down Under by arriving in Sydney harbor aboard a cruise ship, accompanied by a 13-vessel “boat-a-cade.”
  • 7-16-08: WYD: Pope lauds reconciliation with aborigines In his first public act since arriving in Sydney on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI today praised Australia’s efforts to reconcile with its indigenous population, saying it offers “hope to peoples all over the world who long to see their rights affirmed and their contribution to society acknowledged and promoted.”
  • 7-14-08: In Sydney, 'Ratzinger rules' but controversy persists Sometimes dubbed the "Catholic Woodstock," World Youth Day is the largest youth gathering held on a regular basis anywhere in the world. The event was founded by the late Pope John Paul II as a way of evangelizing young people and reenergizing the Catholic church.
  • 7-13-08: WYD: Benedict XVI's family ties to Australia One Australian woman is watching Pope Benedict XVI's arrival in Australia with special interest this week: 83-year-old Erika Kopp of Melbourne is first cousin to the pontiff, and says that while others may address him as "Holy Father" or "Your Holiness," to her he will always be "Joseph."
  • 7-12-08: WYD: Down Under, Benedict continues to 'go green' Pope Benedict XVI has barely arrived Down Under, and already environmentalism is emerging as one key theme of his visit to Australia for the 2008 edition of World Youth Day.
  • 7-12-08: WYD: Once again, papal flight features talk of abuse crisis For the second time in a row, Benedict XVI has opened a papal trip by tackling the issue of sexual abuse in comments to reporters aboard the papal plane.

Pope Benedict XVI (R) embraces an Australian Aboriginal elder after arriving at a World Youth Day welcoming ceremony at Barangaroo [Source: Reuters]

Coverage from Catholic Bloggers

Pope Benedict XVI enters St Mary's Cathedral for Holy Mass with Australian bishops, seminarians and male and female novices [Source: Getty Images]


Catholic News Service

Thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims hold candles at an outdoor evening vigil [Source: Getty Images]

Zenit News

Spanish pilgrims rejoice after Madrid was announced as the next venue for World Youth Day [Source: Getty Images]

  • 7-18-08: Sydney and WYD wrapped in beauty and Via Crucis prayers The Stations of the Cross were placed across the city in front of the city’s better know monuments. One hundred young actors silently mimed the Passion of Christ. Music and commentaries as well as symbols and lights guaranteed the silent participation of 200,000 young people.

Sydney Morning Herald

Misc. Media

  • Bella the cat keeps Pope Benedict company July 14, 2008:
    A special cat has been brought in to make the devout animal lover feel completely at home during his stay at the Kenthurst retreat. It is hoped the 11-month-old kitten, named Bella, will ease any bout of homesickness the Pontiff would have felt being away from his most beloved of all pets.

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