Monday’s WYD summary

Over at the CNS World Youth Day blog and on the CNS homepage for WYD stories, you’ll find these highlights:

– There’s both a story and a blog post on the prayer vigil this evening in Sydney’s cathedral devoted to how Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati‘s life can be an example for young people. Another of our special WYD bloggers said teens love Frassati “because he was athletic and basically a stud.” (You can read more about devotion to Frassati in this story from the Turin Olympics two years ago.)

– As readers of these pages know, Sydney is crawling with pilgrims, but Pope Benedict spent his first full day in Australia resting outside the city.

Franciscan Brother Algirdas Malakausakis meets a true-blue Aussie, a young koala, at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia, July 11. The friar was among a group of 30 Lithuanian World Youth Day pilgrims experiencing an Australian way of life and faith in the Diocese of Parramatta. (CNS/Dan McAloon)

Franciscan Brother Algirdas Malakausakis meets a true-blue Aussie, a young koala, at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia, July 11. The friar was among a group of 30 Lithuanian World Youth Day pilgrims experiencing an Australian way of life and faith in the Diocese of Parramatta. (CNS/Dan McAloon)

– Anyone familiar with World Youth Day knows that many pilgrims participate beforehand in Days in the Diocese programs hosted by local sees, and we ran a story on one of them to go with the cute picture we posted on our homepage the other day of the brother and the koala (right).

More to come tomorrow, including the opening Mass for World Youth Day.

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