Sunday, July 20, 2008

And Now, the Cleanup

Word from Sydney tells of a kind of holy hangover today: most of the pilgrims are heading home, soon to be joined by the Pope -- but, just maybe, not without an "11th-hour meeting" with abuse victims first. The Volo Papale departs the city's airport at 10am local time (0000GMT, 8pm Sunday in the East).

As organizers began their allotted five weeks to return Randwick to its day job after its turn as site of the largest gathering in Australian history, it didn't take long for the focus to shift quickly forward; fresh off B16's formal designation of Madrid as host of WYD 2011, the Spanish capital's winning bid team announced the next gathering's dates as 15-21 August

SVILUPPO: Victims' meeting and farewell brief posted.

PHOTO: Reuters