Stopover in Sydney
The evening stole in quietly over Barangaroo Bay, as if reluctant to disturb the thousands of WYD pilgrims overwhelmed at the sight of a wounded, tortured Jesus walking among them, dragging a makeshift cross. A chilly wind swept in from across the waters. The rays of the evening sun turned the white bandanas of the pilgrims into gold. Heads bowed, they sat, as Jesus, enacted in the Stations of the Cross by a young Alfio Stuto, was beaten, whipped and crowned with thorns. A hushed silence descended over the young people from over 170 countries as three crosses rose up above the earth, painting a poignant sign of love amidst the indifferent skyscrapers that dot the Sydney skyline.