Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Cardinal Pell celebrates WYD08 Opening Mass

Cardinal Pell celebrates WYD08 Opening Mass at Barangaroo

Australian Military Diocese welcomes pilgrims

After years of preparation and anticipation, World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (WYD08) commenced with a spectacular Opening Mass celebrated by Cardinal George Pell at Barangaroo.

After Pope Benedict XVI sent a personal text message to pilgrims, the atmosphere in the Sydney city was electric.  

He sent: “Young friend, God & his people expect much from u, because u have within u the Father’s supreme gift: the Spirit of Jesus – BXVI”

Approximately 150,000 pilgrims attended Barangaroo and other CBD live sites for the Opening Mass.

The warm weather and gorgeous Sydney harbour as a backdrop left the crowd in awe as the sun went down during the proceedings.

After an official indigenous welcome, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd inspired the crowd when he said “too often when young people travel in large numbers, it’s for war. But you have come here as pilgrims of peace.”

Following the 168-flag procession and the walk-in of the WYD Cross, Icon and Indigenous Message Stick, Cardinal Pell welcomed the international pilgrims in four languages – English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Joined by 26 Cardinals, 400 Bishops, a 300-person youth Choir, and an 80-piece orchestra, his Homily focused on the fruitfulness of commitment.

“Don’t spend your life sitting on the fence, keeping your options open, because only commitments bring fulfilment. Happiness comes from meeting our obligations, doing our duty, especially in small matters and regularly, so we can rise to meet the harder challenges,” he said. 

In one of the closing speeches, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko created a new feeling when he stated that the WYD08 pilgrims have brought Spring to the Australian Winter, and a new Spring time for the Australian Church.

Earlier in the day, Australian Military pilgrims gathered with their Bishop Max Davis at the Sydney Opera House for a performance for visiting pilgrims.

The Vocations Expo at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre officially opened today, featuring over 100 exhibitors from all over the world.



© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>


NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

Kid Lit: Lost Mansfield Story Discovered At Wellington Library

Previously undiscovered letters and a story written by a young Katherine Mansfield were recently unearthed in Wellington City Library’s archives by a local author researching a book about the famous writer. More>>