World Youth Day, Sydney 2008

Koalas are for Bishops

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Cardinal George Pell, the archbishop of Sydney, hosted the bishops and cardinals to a luncheon Saturday afternoon.  At the end of the meal, we were treated by the local zoo to some of the more interesting Australian animals, such as the Koala bear.  Above you see Bishop Tamayo of Laredo petting one of the koalas.

The above picture is from the welcome ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI.  It was dubbed by the media, “Super Thursday.”  The Holy Father gave a beautiful and inspiring homily, encouraging the youth to seek the truth, Jesus Christ.

Cuddly Koala

Cuddly Koala


It was interesting to see the bishops when the koalas and other animals were brought in to the lunch room.  We were told that Koalas are especially sensitive to noise and movement, and so we were asked to remain seated.  It was interesting to see how grown, responsible men revert back to 12 year olds when in the presence of interesting animals!  No one paid attention to the request, but rushed the animal handlers.  Very few petted the bat, some petted the python, and everyone rushed the poor, scared koalas!

From down under,

-Bishop Cantu


Written by archsa

July 19, 2008 at 8:07 am

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  1. I would love to see a Koala, python and bat up close. Don’t know if I’d have touched the bat though. I would like to travel to Australia someday and hope that I would view things with the eyes of a child. I am proud of our pilgrims from St. Joseph Honey Creek. I pray for them and all the pilgrims.
    God’s peace and love to you all,

    Joan Troutman

    July 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm

  2. I have missed hearing from Bishop Cantu and Cynthia on newer postings.


    July 20, 2008 at 12:58 pm

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