Thursday, July 17, 2008

Going to see the Pope

Sent by Carrie Kafka - Office of Young Adult Ministry

Kansas City - St. Joseph WYD pilgrims Daniel Neff, Julia Pickert and Leslie Dickherber on the train ride into the city to see the pope.

Seeing the Pope today was beautiful and amazing! We located our designated spot an hour and a half before the Pope's arrival and waited in anticipation with over 100,000 other pilgrims. The Pope arrived by ferry. When the boat finally docked, the crowd went nuts! The Pope smiled and waved incessantly to the crowds. People chanted "Viva al Papa!" and a myriad of other things.

Walking to our designated area in Barangaroo (Darling Harbor) to see the Pope:

Lucy Pickert, Katrina Mancuso, Julia Pickert, Carrie Kafka

It was extremely moving to see so many people cheering for the Pope. It made me so proud to be Catholic! The Vicar of Christ, the Shepherd of the entire Catholic flock, came to Australia to be with the youth of the Church.

The Pope's boat arrives at Sydney Harbor.

All of us, with various cultural backgrounds, languages and unique ways of living were united as one in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was unlike anything I've ever experienced before and it reminded me of the incredible gift we have in the Church. We are truly BLESSED.