Jul 052008
 

Up to 225,000 registered pilgrims are expected to take part in WYD08

events each day, including 125,000 international visitors.

100,000 Australian pilgrims are expected, including 40,000 from

greater Sydney

An estimated 8,000 volunteers will assist

An estimated 2,000 clergy will be present

An estimated 500 Cardinals and Bishops will be present

Around 3,000 media are expected to cover the event

3.5 million meals will be served to pilgrims

100,000 will sleep in 700 schools and parishes

Up to 40,000 will be billeted as part of the HomeStay program

Approximately 20,000 will stay in paid accommodation such as

hostels, boarding houses, hotels and backpacker accommodation. The

remainder will make their own arrangements.

Up to 500,000 people are expected to attend the Final Mass at

Randwick Racecourse and Centennial Park (which is open to all)

Randwick Racecourse and Centennial Park will be united in name as

the “Southern Cross Precinct” for the Vigil and Final Mass.

4000 toilets for Southern Cross Precinct (Randwick Racecourse and

Centennial Park)

35 large video screens for Southern Cross Precinct

60 lighting towers for Southern Cross Precinct

The four official WYD08 languages are: English, French, Italian and

Spanish

Door-drops to half a million Sydney homes, inviting them to volunteer,

become a HomeStay host or attend events during the WYD08 week

WYD08 will be the most technological event ever, with the Pope to

send text messages to all registered pilgrims and digital Prayer Walls

available as well

100 actors taking part in the Stations of the Cross performance

500 chasubles for the Bishops and Cardinals made

2000 stoles for the priests

1 million communion hosts to be made

120 bottles of wine (total) for the Opening Mass and Final Mass

World Youth Day Sydney 2008 Fact Sheet

Jul 032008
 

World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (WYD08) will be held from Tuesday 15

to Sunday 20 July

Sydney was announced as the host city for the 23rd World Youth Day

at the conclusion of the last international World Youth Day in Cologne,

Germany in August 2005

WYD08 will be the largest event Australia has hosted. It will attract

over 125,000 international visitors – more than the 2000 Olympics

WYD08 will mark the first visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to

Australia

The Archdiocese of Sydney has established the World Youth Day Trust

to prepare for WYD08.

The event has the strong support of the NSW and Australian

governments.

The NSW Government has created a special agency – the World Youth

Day Coordination Authority (WYDCA) – to plan and manage the

services it will provide for the event.

The NSW Government is responsible for providing public transport,

policing, emergency healthcare and venues

The Australian Government is responsible for Papal security and

immigration

WYD08 events will take place in venues across Sydney. The majority

of pilgrims will sleep at over 700 venues (classrooms and community

halls) in greater Sydney and receive morning Catechesis (or teaching)

at 300 venues near their accommodation.

After lunch, pilgrims will make their way into the city for the major

WYD08 events and Youth Festival activities. Sydney CBD venues

include Barangaroo (East Darling Harbour), Hyde Park, The Domain,

Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

World Youth Day Sydney 2008 Fact Sheet

Jun 292008
 

Purpose of World Youth Day

World Youth Day was established by Pope John Paul II in 1986 as an

annual event to reach out to the youth of the world

Pope John Paul II was inspired by the massive gatherings of young

people in Rome for the 1984 Youth Jubilee and the 1985 United

Nations International Year of Youth. He wanted to bring together

young Catholics from around the globe to celebrate and learn about

their faith on a more regular basis.

Pope John Paul II saw World Youth Day as a way to reach out to the

next generation of Catholics, to demonstrate confidence in them, to

rejuvenate the Church and ensure that the core teachings of Christ

are transmitted and lived.

World Youth Day is a pilgrimage of faith, where young people from

diverse backgrounds meet and experience the love of God.

World Youth Day is an invitation from the Pope to the youth of the

world to celebrate their faith around a particular theme. Everyone is

welcome to attend

World Youth Day is now the largest youth event in the world

Information taken from –

World Youth Day Sydney 2008 Fact Sheet

Jun 152008
 

As at this posting there are 30 days to go for World Youth Day in Sydney.
Preparation for this event is amazing. In our own parish we are currently preparing for the pilgrims we are hosting in the week preceding WYD – Days In The Diocese. Our parish is hosting 91 Irish Pilgrims and 10 from Ghana …. and still counting. It’s an exciting time for all of us. I’ll be looking forward to meeting them all.

WYD08 will mark the first visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Australia. WYD is an invitation from the Pope to the youth of the world to celebrate their faith around a particular theme. Everyone is welcome to attend.

May 122008
 

World Youth Day (WYD) is the largest youth event in the world and will be held in Sydney from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 July 2008.

Organised by the Catholic Church, WYD brings together young people from around the globe to celebrate and learn about their faith on a more regular basis.

WYD08 will be the largest event Australia has ever hosted. It will attract over 125,000 international visitors – more than the 2000 Olympics.

WYD08 will mark the first visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Australia.

Through the WYD08 experience, young people from throughout the world will make a pilgrimage in faith, meet, and experience the love of God.

World Youth Day is an invitation from the Pope to the youth of the world to celebrate their faith around a particular theme.

Everyone is Welcome to attend. For more details go to WYD08 web site.