Sydney WYD 2008 The New Pentecost of the Youth

Pope to young people: be prophets of life against conformity and spiritual barrenness
At the concluding mass for WYD in Sydney, Benedict XVI tells young people to be witnesses of life and love in the Spirit, to overcome "interior emptiness", the "fear" and "desperation" present in the world. "Do not be afraid" of the call to priestly and consecrated life. Confirmation conferred on 24 young people from all over the world. Appointment announced for Madrid in 2011. The complete text of the pope's homily.
The WYD of the Iraqi young people, sign of peace and hope for the country
In the dioceses of Erbil and Amadiyah a thousand young people, together with pilgrims from France, Lebanon, and Australia, celebrated WYD at the shrine of the Iraqi martyr Soultana Mahdokhte. A Lebanese singer intoned selections from the Syrian and Maronite Christian tradition.
Pope to young people: let the Spirit mould you, to become truly alive
Benedict XVI ignites the 250,000 young people gathered for the vigil at the Randwick racecourse. Faith in Christ and in the Church challenge fear, consumerism, and careerism. The complete text of the pope's message.
The Vietnamese Church waits for freedom, joy, vocations: the fruits of WYD
Bishops and teachers ask how WYD can renew the life of the youth communities in the country, marked by drugs, AIDS, abortion, and hopelessness.
Sydney and WYD wrapped in beauty and Via Crucis prayers
The Stations of the Cross are placed across the city in front of the city’s better know monuments. One hundred young actors silently mime the Passion of Christ. Music and commentaries as well as symbols and lights guarantee the silent participation of 200,000 young people. The Pope follows the Way of the Cross in front of a TV screen in the crypt of the cathedral. The complete texts of the meditations are online.
Cardinal Toppo: "The young people of WYD will renew the face of the earth"
An exclusive interview with Cardinal Topp, in Sydney for WYD. Constant contact with enthusiastic, attentive young people, in an experience fundamental for their lives and for the future of the world.
Pope: Religious freedom for well-being of society
Benedict XVI has met with representatives of the Christian Churches and of the religions present in Australia, which he praised for its protection of religious freedom. The common effort of the religions to uphold the dignity of the human person and respect for creation. Teaching young people to seek the meaning of life.
Bear witness to Christ in a world weary of false promises, Pope tells young people at WYD
This is the first public meeting between Benedict XVI and 150,000 young people in Sydney. The pontiff, who arrived in the bay by boat, was greeted by Australian Aborigines. In his address he proposed the Christian faith as a cure for the “poison” caused by relativism which destroys and pollutes creation and reduces young people to mere consumers. He talked about the mission towards non-Christians.
Iraqi WYD, so far from Sydney, so close to the Pope’s heart
For security reasons, no Iraqi was granted a visa for Australia. Still conferences, pilgrimages, catecheses and satellite TV hook-ups with Sydney were organised. The Church in Iraq is alive, closely linked to the universal Church, says Mgr Rabban.
Some 39 Indians disappear from World Youth Day in what is likely a visa scam
World Youth Day is used to provide a group of Indians an entry visa into New Zealand. The spokesperson for the local Church calls the incident “most extraordinary and most disappointing,” stressing that it is not in anyway related to WYD.
Pope: communicate the joy of following Christ to young people uncertain and without hope
In a video message broadcast on Australian television, Benedict XVI asks the young people of WYD to communicate faith in Jesus Christ to their peers. Gratitude to the Australian people for their generosity in hosting WYD. The pontiff arrived in Sydney at 3 p.m., and was welcomed by Kevin Rudd and Cardinal Pell.
Benedict XVI begins journey toward WYD in Sydney
After three days of rest, events with the young culminating with the vigil and Eucharistic celebration. Tens of thousands of young people from 160 countries are arriving in Australia. Cardinal Pell: Australia's problem is indifference. Controversy over special regulations against those who disrupt WYD.