Friday, July 18, 2008

A bundle of pics from Carrie

Carrie Kafka is a real trooper for sending in these pics on the busiest day of World Youth Day. The pilgrims were up and going at 5:00 am (Saturday, Sydney Time) and won't be returning home tonight - See Carrie's post below.


Bishop Finn signs autographs for his Australian fans.


Diocese of KCSJ pilgrims with Bishop Finn.


Pilgrims traveling through The Rocks District to see the Stations of the Cross performed.

Bishop Finn hearing Confession during Catechesis at Holy Name Parish in Wahroonga.

FROM CARRIE:

G'day from Sydney! It's Saturday here, and the city is bustling with pilgrims. We are in the midst of the pilgrim walk across the Harbor Bridge. It's about a three hour journey by foot to our final destination for World Youth Day - Southern Cross Precinct (Randwick Racecourse).

The diocesan group set off this morning at 5 am with their packs on their backs, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, and all the clothes they'll need until tomorrow afternoon. Tonight, there will be a prayerful Vigil with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Following the Vigil, over 200,000 pilgrims will be sleeping out under the stars.

The forecast looks good. It's nice and sunny, but it will be a bit chilly tonight. Average temperatures in the evening have been around 45 degrees.

The anticipation is building for everyone as we head into the pinnacle celebration of the week - World Youth Day! We'll have a sending off Mass tomorrow morning (Sunday) with Pope Benedict, where the next destination for World Youth Day 2010 will be announced.

We will definitely keep you updated as things progress!
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Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati, pray for us!