As well as webcasts, all the major speeches and homilies from World Youth Day are easily found on the web.

Some snippets …

The Holy Father, on arriving in Spain, explained the ultimate purpose of his visit:

“I come as the Successor of Peter, to confirm them all in the faith, with days of intense pastoral activity, proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life; to motivate the commitment to build up the Kingdom of God in the world among us; to exhort young people to know Christ personally as a friend and so, rooted in his person, to become faithful followers and valiant witnesses.”

On the way to Spain he gave the customary press conference on-board the flight.  When asked “What must be done for the positive experience of WYD to continue in daily life?” one can’t help but be impressed by the practical, realistic wisdom of the Pope:

“God’s sowing is always silent; it does not appear in the statistics, and the seed that the Lord sows with WYD is like the seed of which the Gospel speaks: part falls on the road and is lost; part falls on stone and is lost; part falls on thorns and is lost; but a part falls on good earth and gives much fruit. This is, in fact, what happens with the sowing of WYD: Much is lost and this is human. To use other words of the Lord, the mustard seed is small, but it grows and becomes a great tree. Certainly much is lost. We cannot say that starting tomorrow a great growth will begin in the Church. God does not act like this. [His seed] grows in silence. I know that other WYDs have awakened friendships, friendships for life; so many new experiences that God exists. And we trust in this silent growth, and we are certain that, although the statistics do not say much about it, the Lord’s seed really grows. And for many people it will be the beginning of a friendship with God and with others, of a universality of thought, of a common responsibility that really shows that these days give fruit.”

As requested by His Holiness, let us continue to accompany the WYD pilgrims with our “prayers for the spiritual fruitfulness of this important event.”