A little reminder…

In these days leading up to World Youth Day in Madrid, the girls, Cathy and I have been reminiscing about WYD08 in Sydney. This morning Mia set of on a school excursion with the red and orange backpack from WYDSYD. Maddy told how at an assembly at her school they farewelled the pilgrims. She whispered to her friend next to her: I’ve been to one of those. It still amazes me that, though no one in our little family was technically a “youth”, we were able to experience a World Youth Day for ourselves.

So timely then that Sandro Magister has recalled for us the Pope’s own analysis of the 2008 Sydney event. Read this: http://www.chiesa.espressonline.it/dettaglio.jsp?id=1349004&eng=y

About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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One Response to A little reminder…

  1. Gareth says:

    When WYD occurs it always brings back memories for past pilgrims.

    9 years after I personally attended WYD 02 – despite the fact that the fruits of WYD have not seemed to have the same positive effect in my Diocese as in other places in Aus and with the passing of time some of the members of the group I travelled with have experienced difficulty in their lives (one or two marriage break-ups etc), I will always look foundly upon my WYD experiences as one of the most fulfilling weeks in my life.

    And I cant believe we didnt have digital cameras all the way back then, and usbs and Facebook and…

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