Thursday’s WYD summary

Here are today’s highlights over at the CNS World Youth Day blog and on the CNS homepage for WYD stories:

A cruise ship carrying Pope Benedict XVI and World Youth Day pilgrims makes its way through Sydney Harbor July 17 in Sydney. (CNS/courtesy of World Youth Day 2008)

A cruise ship carrying Pope Benedict XVI and World Youth Day pilgrims makes its way through Sydney Harbor July 17. (CNS/courtesy of World Youth Day 2008)

– Today, of course, Pope Benedict finally arrived at World Youth Day after his three days of rest outside Sydney. We had two stories this morning, one on the formal welcoming at Sydney’s Government House, and the second on the far-more-boisterous boat ride through Sydney Harbor and landing at the old dockyard at Barangaroo.

– But our bloggers also had stories to tell about the arrival. One told of unexpectedly seeing the pope up close, a second wrote about greeting the pope and riding next to him on the boat, and a third wrote about his good fortune in his role at the WYD welcoming.

– And if you’ve been wondering about the role that the Australian Aborigines have been playing at WYD, Dan McAloon has a great story giving us many details about Aboriginal customs on display in Sydney.

– Meanwhile, we’ve updated the “Sydney Excitement” photo slideshow with new images from World Youth Day events.

Events for tomorrow for the pope (his day actually starts in just a few minutes because of the time difference) include the traditional WYD Stations of the Cross, preceeded by a lunch with several lucky youths.

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