With a colorful celebration in Sydney Harbour, Pope Benedict XVI. on Thursday at 23. World Youth Day (WYD) has been welcomed. Tens of thousands of Australians and foreign pilgrims waited in the parks on the shore of the harbor bay to catch a glimpse of the Pope. In his welcoming speech at the Barangaroo pier, Benedict XVI called out. Youth to profess their faith and protect the environment.
Pope Benedict XVI. Condemned alcohol and drug abuse, violence against women and children, and sexual exploitation and abortion. To the young Catholics he appealed: "Do not be deceived by people who see in you only consumers in a market of indefinite possibilities."During the official welcoming ceremony in the garden of Government House, the Catholic Church leader earlier also addressed the historical injustice against the indigenous people of Australia and called for reconciliation and mutual respect. At the same time, Benedict XVI praised. In the presence of Governor-General Michael Jeffery and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, the "courageous decision of the Australian government to recognize past injustices committed against Indigenous peoples". Rudd welcomed Benedict XVI. On behalf of Australians of all faiths. The guest was "welcomed as an apostle of peace, at a time when we are all in great need of a voice of peace". Benedict XVI. For his part, praised Australia's involvement in international peacekeeping missions and conflict resolution in the Pacific region and Southeast Asia. In the afternoon, the head of the Church boarded the yacht "Sydney 2000" at the pier of Rose Bay. The approximately 45-minute drive to "Barangaroo East Darling Harbour," one of the central squares of World Youth Day, took the guest past Sydney's world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Before boarding the ship, a group of indigenous Australians greeted Benedict XVI. With traditional chants and a welcome dance. In his address to youth, the pope called for a rejection of violence and a commitment to sustainable development, justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Deforestation, erosion and wasteful exploitation of natural resources often make God's creation "hostile and dangerous" to the people who are supposed to preserve it, he said. The head of the church also spoke out against all attempts to push God, religion and faith out of public life and into the private sphere. He called on young people to be courageous witnesses for Christ: "Speak boldly of your faith, even if at times you encounter opposition and experience the cross of rejection.". World Youth Day, the largest event on Australian soil since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, will continue until Sunday. Around 400 people are expected to attend the final service with the pope.000 people expected.