Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI
One of the big highlights for WYD is to see the Pope. There was a welcoming ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (July 17th). I was able to see the Holy Father from the window of a building facing the stage. On Saturday (July 19th), there was a prayer vigil with the Holy Father. Finally, on Sunday (July 20th), there was the closing Mass for WYD 2008. I was concelebrating with other priests close to the stage. It was so touching to see so many young people expressing their love for the Pope. It was also very edifying to see the Holy Father celebrating the Liturgies with so much respect and dignity.