Here is the latest on World Youth Day from H20 News!
Three days to rest and another four to convene with the young people at World Youth Day. This is the program being followed by the Pope in Australia, his longest voyage and the largest event ever hosted in the history of Australia. From the Papal plane he gravely condemned the sexual abuses committed by priests and assured: “We will do everything possible to cure and find reconciliation with the victims.”
After arriving at the airport, the Pope was transferred by automobile to the Kenthurst Study Center residence, a formation center for the prelature of Opus Dei, where he will rest until the evening of July 16.
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that the Pope is “absolutely tranquil and reposed.” After celebrating the Mass he had time to walk around, read his speeches, and talk about the preparations for World Youth Day, which he will be attending starting Thursday.
World Youth Day in Sydney has begun today and will be concluded by the Holy Father on July 20th. In his homily at the opening Mass, Sydney's Archbishop, Cardinal Pell, asked the youth to be faithful to Christ, whatever sacrifices such a choice may entail. Don't spend your life, he explained, without taking a position, thinking that it's better not to choose so you don't have to change the way you live. Tens of thousands of young people from all over the world were present, surprising the skeptic observers of secularized Australia. Tomorrow, after the Pope's arrival, World Youth Day will become even more lively.
You can follow all the activity from WYD by checking for updates at World Youth Day: Cross Media. They will keep their site updated with stories and videos of the events. Let's continue to pray for all of the young people gathered together in Sydney!