(ANS – Sydney) – "There is the successor of Don Bosco!" called out a girl from Birmingham, England in Australia these days to take part in the 2008 WYD, as the Rector Major left the aircraft on his arrival in Sydney.
The girl who had met the Salesians at “Savio House” in Bollington, England, recognised Fr Chávez as he arrived yesterday morning at Sydney airport. Accompanied by Fr Andrew Wong, Councillor for the East Asia -Oceania Region, the Rector Major went to the Salesian house in Engadine, Sydney, where he took part in a Mass attended by about 1000 young people.
Presiding at the mass at which the young people took an active part was Fr Michael Court parish priest of the “St John Bosco Parish”. Fr Chávez, speaking during the mass invited the young people to use the WYD as a opportunity for the beginning of a radical change of heart.
The mass was followed by a evening of international songs and dances during which the Rector Major moved easily among the young people, chatting to them and being photographed.