Pope John Paul II visited Australia in 1986 and spoke with the faithful at a ceremony inside the Sydney Opera House.
As part of his visit, the Pope visited the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop in North Sydney.
A select group were invited to meet Pope Benedict during his time in Sydney.
A look back at the 2008 visit to Australia by Pope Benedict XVI through footage from the NFSA News and Current Affairs Program.
What could have been a logistical nightmare was managed efficiently by the organisers of World Youth Day in Sydney.