Pope Benedict visited Australia for the 23rd World Youth Day in July 2008. World Youth Day, an initiative to support and affirm the next generation of young Catholics started by Pope John Paul II, is the largest youth event in the world. WYD Sydney saw the Holy Father arrive by "boat-a-cade" into Barangaroo, Sydney Harbour where he was greeted by around half-a-million cheering pilgrims. It kickstarted the the fourth Papal visit to the country - Pope Benedict's first visit. There were many highlights over the coming days - during which, the Holy Father embraced the digital age by sending text messages to pilgrims who registered for the inspirational. Pilgrims witnessed a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross and on the night before the last day, almost a quarter-of-a-million pilgrims joined Pope Benedict for a starlit vigil at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. In his homily at the final Mass, having referred to those who had brought the faith to Australia through heroic sacrifice, the Holy Father challenged the young people: “What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations, building something that will endure?"
Vigil with the young people. Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI at Randwick Racecourse, 19July 2008. Once again this evening we have heard Christ’s great p...Read more
Eucharistic Celebration with Bishops, Seminarians and Novices. Homily of His Holiness Benedict XVI, Saint Mary's Cathedral, Sydney, 19 July 2008. In this nob...Read more
Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI at the meeting with representatives of other religions. I extend cordial greetings of peace and goodwill to all of you w...Read more