Last night at the opening Mass, Cardinal Pell welcomed the pilgrims from the United States, "our closest and most important ally" (or something like that)! And the Prime Minister of Australia keep saying how important faith is in the public life of the nation, including the contributions of the Catholic Church. It's nice to feel welcome!
I ran into many people I knew last night at the Mass -- priests, sisters, former students, etc. The American Catholics are very "loud" here. That's a good thing!