Pilgrims hold candles during the evening vigil for World Youth Day prayer ceremony with Pope Benedict XVI in Sydney. The World Youth Day celebrations are the world’s biggest Christian festival as well as the largest religious gathering ever held in Australia headed by Pope Benedict.
Pope Benedict XVI blesses those in attendance with the Blessed Sacrament during a World Youth Day evening vigil Saturday, July 19, 2008.
Actors re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during the Stations of the Cross for World Youth Day in Sydney July 18, 2008.
Pope Benedict XVI has warned Christian leaders that the push to unite Christian churches was at a “critical juncture” and called on people of all religions to join together against violence.
Saint Bede Studio of Australia has designed the papal vesture for next Saturday’s WYD08 Mass. Of note is the tiara-mounted coat-of-arms embroidered on the fanon which hang off the back of the mitre. (The final two images show the embroidery also on the back of the chasuble and a dalmatic.)
Pope Benedict XVI waves on board the Sydney 2000 ship on the way to the Bangaroo East Darling Harbour. The pontiff has warned hundreds of thousands of young Catholics of the perils of pop culture and pillaging the earth’s resources after a rapturous welcome at the world’s biggest Christian festival.
A member of God’s Squad motorcycle club puts his arm around a fellow member at a World Youth Day concert at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach July 16, 2008.
Two members of the God’s Squad motorcycle club hold a conversation at a World Youth Day concert at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach July 16, 2008. Thousands of young pilgrims have flocked to Sydney Harbour.
A World Youth Day participant reads a text message on his mobile phone outside St. Mary’s cathedral in Sydney July 15, 2008. Pope Benedict texted thousands of young pilgrims in Sydney on Tuesday urging them to renew the faith as they gathered for the church’s largest youth festival.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Kenthurst Study Centre, in Sydney, Monday, July 14, 2008.