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
• 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
• 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
• 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.