Countless young people throughout the world have rediscovered their faith through a World Youth Day experience. There are also many who have found their vocation—either to marriage, the priesthood or religious life. My hope and prayer is that similar fruits will be born in Sydney, for Australia and our region first of all, and in all the countries to which the pilgrims will return after the Holy Father has departed.
World Youth Day offers what is authentic and life-transforming not just to students at university but to young people everywhere. Pope Benedict XVI is not only a wonderful pastor, but an intellectual in the best traditions of Catholic Europe and European university life. University students in particular will find much to inspire them and to pray about in the Pope’s teaching during World Youth Day. - Cardinal George Pell, New Springtime (click below for full article)