Nuns praying to clear skies for Pope’s visit

Sydney, Australia, Mar 18, 2008 / 10:04 am (CNA) .- Bishop Anthony Fisher, the coordinator for World Youth Day, has recruited an army of Australian nuns to storm Heaven with prayers for good weather on for the Pope’s arrival in Sydney.

Since the international youth gathering is scheduled for July 15-20—the middle of winter in Australia—Bishop Fisher said, "I have nuns all around this country praying for good weather for that day."

Clear skies will be important given that the Pope will arrive in Sydney on a flotilla of 13 boats, dubbed a “boat-a-cade” by WYD organizers.

Pope Benedict will arrive on Thursday July 17 and come ashore at Barangaroo for an official welcome ceremony before more than 100,000 people.