— Today’s big World Youth Day event, as most of you know, was the opening Mass. Cindy Wooden, our correspondent traveling with the pope from Rome, wrote our main story, and two of our bloggers have further reflections on the Mass and on Sydney.
— Paul Haring, our Washington-based photographer in Sydney, also has dozens of images from the Mass that our publishing clients can access as part of their subscription. We can post only a few of them on our home page, our main WYD page and on our two blogs (main and WYD), but here’s Paul’s photo of cardinals silhouetted by the setting sun as they arrive at the altar for the opening Mass.
— Dozens of pilgrims are at World Youth Day from China. Dan McAloon’s story says they were ecstatic to be there.