Pope urges Australian youths to spurn materialism
By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press Writer
Sun Jul 20, 7:29 AM ET
The appeal came as Benedict finished a visit to Australia that touched on the themes that have defined his three-year-old papacy, including the struggle to rejuvenate a crisis-battered Church, reaching out to other faiths and raising global warming as an important issue.
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said 350,000 attended Sunday's Mass. Australian organizers surmised a global television audience of up to 500 million during big World Youth Day events.
Associated Press Writer Victor L. Simpson in Sydney contributed to this report.