World Youth Day, Sydney 2008

Days in Melbourne

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Our stay in Melbourne has been wonderful, if quite frigid.  It has been cold and windy.  The commissioning Mass at the Telstra Dome with Archbishop Dennis Hart as main celebrant and homilist was impressive.  There were some 30 bishops, and three cardinals, and about 300 priests  concelebrating.  About 25,000 young people were in attendance.

Saturday morning we took a pilgrimage on foot throught the city of Melbourne, visiting several churches, and ending at the Cathedral of St. Patrick.  The catedral is an impressive and inspiring structure.  There were several activities for the pilgrims all over the city — conferences, rallies, concerts, prayer groups.  The city has truly been flooded by the spirit of World Youth Day.  Some of our pilgrims took the opportunity in the afternoon to attend an Australian football game.  The spent half the time cheering, and the other half trying to figure out the rules and what was happening.

This afternoon (Sunday) we will celebrate a Holy Hour with private confessions available and then I will celebrate a Mass for the our pilgrims as well as those from our host parishes, Blessed Mary MacKillop and St. Paul.

Tomorrow morning we leave for Sydney.  They tell us it will be warmer in Sydney: this may be surprising for a Texan, but I welcome some warmth.  We watched the arrival of Pope Benedict on TV this afternoon.  Have to go now to hear confessions and pray.  We’ll pray for you all.  Keep us in your prayers!

Bishop Cantu

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Written by archsa

July 13, 2008 at 1:10 am

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