Sunday, July 20th, 2008
Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI brought World Youth Day in Sydney to a close, offering Mass for 350,000 souls at the Royal Randwick Racecourse and announcing that the next WYD will be held in Madrid. Naturally, the Spaniards went wild.
The expected choice of Spain’s capital city is in keeping with the Vatican’s recent tradition of choosing the more secularized cities of the world in which to demonstrate the Gospel’s unrivaled power to attract and inspire young people.
As he did here in New York City, the Pope delivered a number of remarkable speeches and homilies while in Sydney. I’ve collected the links to them here for easy access. Take your time with them. They are important texts.
After the page break, you’ll find a small collection of the sights of WYD 2008. And don’t forget to check out the Sisters of Life’s WYD blog, where they’ve posted their personal stories and pictures.