Another great final reflection on WYD

Throughout World Youth Day, we here at CNS have been especially moved by some of the personal reflections from the writers for our WYD blog. Another one has been posted there this evening by Chris Valka, CSB, who, besides writing for us, was a part of the team that planned and coordinated WYD activities in Sydney. His final reflection of the meaning of this World Youth Day is especially worth reading.

‘I have that withdrawal feeling …’

World Youth Day is over, and, on the CNS World Youth Day blog, Anna Weaver of the Hawaii Catholic Herald has what seems like the perfect summation of what Sydney is like at this hour — quiet, lots of sore feet, some remorse that the end has been reached, but filled with a spirit that will now be taken around the globe by the scattering pilgrims. Read her complete post here, and be sure to check back for more posts in the next day or two as some of our other bloggers report in on their experiences.

And on our special World Youth Day page, you can read a great feature story by Dan McAloon on the scene at the all-night vigil, catch up on the pope’s words at this morning’s WYD closing Mass, and read our story on the pope’s apology for clergy sex abuse written by CNS Vatican correspondent Cindy Wooden, who unlike most people writing about the apology was actually at the cathedral covering the Mass.