Globally, World Youth Day's have already made a bit of a name for themselves for various reasons and breaking various records. So far there has never been a 'small' WYD. It's unfortunate for the city in the process of hosting them, but they come with expectations.
The Australian media leading up to WYD08 were on the rampage expecting disaster. If the appalling WYD 08 site was anything to go by then it did look like something unpleasant looming.
Instead, the car load of friends from Brisbane, my Mother re-defining the boundaries of 'youth' and myself discovered that World Youth Day 2008 was a miracle - a piece of Heaven on Earth. Something astonishingly good and profoundly stimulating hope. It was also a lot of work, but satisfying.
Much could and should be said about WYD08 but if you prefer pictures then this gallery might be to your liking.