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Memories of homestay hosts

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 Contents - Sep 2008AD2000 September 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: World Youth Day 2008: the challenge ahead - Michael Gilchrist
WYD08: World Youth Day 2008: what the media missed - Deborah Baker
WYD08: Impressions of youth - Bridget Pati and Berni Sullivan
WYD08: Faith: alive and well! - A pilgrim's progress - Catherine Sheehan
WYD08: A reflection on WYD - Tim Cannon
WYD08: Memories of homestay hosts - Emidio and Phyllis Restall
News: The Church Around the World
WYD08: Theology on Tap: young Catholics' response to relativism - Patrick Langrell
The physical and mental scars of abortion - Charles Francis
Foundations of Faith: Priesthood and the sacraments: Divine help for eternal salvation - Br Barry Coldrey
Liturgy: No smoke without fire: Benedict XVI and true liturgical reform - David Birch
Vatican: Restoration work completed near tomb of St Peter
Letters: World Youth day (letter) - M. & L. MORRISSEY
Letters: Courage of young Jozef Ratzinger (letter) - Frank Bellet
Letters: Invaluable work of Anne Lastman (letter) - Errol Duke
Letters: Moral equivalence (letter) - Leo McManus
Letters: Abortion grief - Anne Lastman
Letters: Buddha in church (letter) - E. Makaus
Letters: Sex abuse apology (letter) - M.J. Gonzalez
Letters: Vatican II (letter) - Frank Mobbs
Poetry: The Sermon at Templestowe - Bruce Dawe
Books: Saving Those Damned Catholics, by Judie Brown - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: THE WISDOM OF NAZARETH: Stories of Catholic Family Life - Siobhan Reeves (reviewer)
Books: SAINT BENEDICT'S RULE: A New Translation for today, by Patrick Barry OSB - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: FAITH AND FIDELITY, by Anthony Meredith SJ - Michael Daniel
Books: Books available from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Archbishop Burke of St Louis: the responsibilities of a bishop - Archbishop Raymond Burke

Our memories of World Youth Day have been both exciting and challenging because it has been an experience in our lives that we have never had before.

We billeted four of the East Timorese contingent, which AD2000 sponsored for World Youth Day. We attended various events in Melbourne's Days in the Diocese including shopping with the East Timorese for warm clothes, visiting the Carmelite Monastery and attending the Commissioning Mass at the Telstra Dome.

Then the East Timorese and their Thomas More Centre pilgrim hosts joined the bus convoy to Sydney where our group participated in the main events. These included a most wonderful day at the Salesian's Don Bosco School at Engadine, where our East Timorese pilgrims were able to meet up with other East Timorese who were also sponsored by Australians. Several nationalities billeted there put on a little show for the rest of the audience, who appreciated the beautiful diversity in culture of so many different peoples.

When you witness such energy and love you start to realise that God really excelled himself when he decided to create the human race. We certainly received a very warm welcome and our East Timorese pilgrims were most appreciative and enjoyed meeting other pilgrims from other countries. Language was no barrier and, as often happens, love did really conquer all.

The 'icing on the cake' for one of the East Timorese girls was when she was given the honour of assisting in carrying the cross during Stations of the Cross. Overall we felt that all the East Timorese pilgrims were very happy with our hospitality and the new friendships they made with our Australian Thomas More pilgrims.

We would like to thank all the AD2000 readers for their prayers and contributions in sponsoring these wonderful young East Timorese pilgrims.

Emidio and Phyllis Restall are staff members at the Thomas More Centre.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 8 (September 2008), p. 5

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