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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: It was called "Super Thursday", and it lived up to its name for the tens of
thousands of Catholic pilgrims in Sydney to see the Pope.

Huge crowds lined Sydney's foreshore and the city as Pope Benedict travelled by boat and Popemobile
to address the pilgrims.

His first official speech touched on global warming, sexual abuse and the plight of Australia's
Indigenous people.

And he made time to visit the tomb of Australia's saint-in-waiting, Mary MacKillop.

Anne Barker reports.

ANNE BARKER, REPORTER: It was a day that will go down in Australian history and in the memory of
all Catholic pilgrims. The arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on World Youth Day, only the fourth papal
visit to Australian shores.

Sydney Harbour was lined with crowds as the Pope boarded the official "boat-a-cade" leading a
flotilla of boats towards Darling Harbour. Sailing, even flying alongside was a huge security
presence.

Pilgrims, too, took to the water to be closer to the Pope. Some were even lucky enough to meet him
in the flesh.

PILGRIM: It was an absolute thrill to have met the Pope. It's not something that I expected that
I'd get the chance to do, so it's been a great honour.

ANNE BARKER: More than 100,000 people were waiting at Barangaroo where the Pope made his first
official address, speaking in English, Italian, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. He spoke of
the marvels of creation, including Australia's own natural beauty. But he also warned of the threat
of environmental degradation. He praised the Government's apology to the stolen generations.

POPE BENEDICT XVI: I am deeply moved to stand on your land, knowing the suffering and injustices it
has borne.

ANNE BARKER: And while he didn't apologise himself to victims of the Church's own sexual abuse, he
acknowledged the damage that violence can cause including, in his view, abortion.

POPE BENEDICT XVI: How can it be that domestic violence torments so many mothers and children? How
can it be that the most wondrous and sacred human space - the womb - had become a place of
unutterable violence?

ANNE BARKER: Earlier, the Pope inspected a military guard of honour at Farm Cove, before heading to
the resting place of Mary MacKillop, a nun who lived almost 100 years ago and looks likely to
become Australia's first saint.

POPE BENEDICT XVI: I know that her perseverance in the face of adversity, her plea for justice on
behalf of those unfairly treated and her practical example of holiness have become a source of
inspiration for all Australians.

ANNE BARKER: The formal decision has been left to a committee in Rome, but the sisters of St
Joseph, where Mary MacKillop served, say the Pope has given them a quiet nod.

ANNE DERWIN, SISTERS OF SAINT JOSEPH: He smiled and said, "She will be canonised. We are waiting
for the miracle."

ANNE BARKER: The Pope returned to St Mary's Cathedral tonight in his famous Popemobile, the four
tonne, bullet-proof Mercedes shipped from Rome especially for World Youth Day.

Tonight, while the Pope rests after his historic day, pilgrims are still on a high: singing and
dancing at different concerts around Sydney.

Tomorrow, the Pope watch will be repeated all over again.

Anne Barker, Lateline.