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


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

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