Pope Benedict XVI was greeted Thursday afternoon by thousands of youthful pilgrims gathered on at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Pope Benedict welcomed at Sydney Harbour

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Pope Benedict XVI was greeted Thursday afternoon (17th) by thousands of youthful pilgrims gathered on at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

The great yacht, Sydney 2000 ferried Pope Benedict XVI from Rose Bay to Barangaroo in Sydney’s East Darling Harbour.

Aboard ship, the Holy Father was joined by the youth of every nation of the world, and spent a few minutes with young people from several different countries up to the final approach…

Well over a hundred thousand young pilgrims gathered in Sydney’s Darling Harbour this morning to greet the holy father, at the beginning of his official public participation in the events of World Youth Day, 2008, and, upon arriving, the cheers of the young pilgrims shook the whole city…

WYD pilgrims greeting Pope Benedict at Sydney Harbour

After a short trip in the pope-mobile around the wharf, the Holy Father was officially greeted by a group of Aboriginal Australians, who offered a ceremonial dance in welcome, while choirs sang the Tu es Petrus in several languages.