What could be more exciting than a papal event attended by thousands and watched by millions? Two papal events attended by thousands and watched by millions — in the same year.

First Benedict won the hearts of Americans with his message of hope. Now he hopes for a new Pentecost at World Youth Day, to make the world’s youth become joyful witnesses of Christ.

For a Catholic newspaper that’s joyfully faithful to the Pope and magisterium, this week’s spiritual revival in Sydney represents both an exhilarating opportunity and a daunting challenge.

Opportunity: The Catholic Church has the chance to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to more people at once than at any other single venue.

Challenge: The Register must find the funds to cover the extended event firsthand.

Once again we’ve sent our senior writer, Tim Drake, on location to report on the high points and behind-the-scenes moments. And once again he’ll be filing his exclusive stories and sharing his vivid notes not only in the Register but also at our blog Pope2008.com. Meanwhile, as we did for Benedict’s trip to America last spring, we’ll provide a live feed from EWTN on the top of the blog.

Naturally, none of this comes free. So far, generous readers have sponsored 65 out of the 100 days of Tim Drake’s coverage. Please sponsor a day ($198) or a week ($1,386). Send donations to our director of fundraising, Michael Lambert, at 432 Washington Ave., North Haven CT 06473. Or contact him at MLambert@circlemedia.com. God bless!