‘You will receive the power when the Holy
Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses’(Acts 1:8)
Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, will preside at the Opening Mass on Tuesday
15 July. There will then be three days of preparation for the
Vigil and Papal Mass. On the afternoon of Thursday 17 July, the Holy
Father is due to arrive at Sydney Harbour for the Welcome Ceremony. He
will preside at a Vigil on Saturday night 19 July and the Papal Mass on
the morning of Sunday 20 July at the Randwick Racecourse.
Holy Father is pictured here at WYD Cologne in 2005
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Jesuit Media Initiatives have prepared
five ten-minute prayer reflections
for WYD08 pilgrims which are intended for the outward and return
They can be downloaded onto ipods, mp3s and mobile phones.
The Holy Father has asked us all to pray during July "That the
World Youth Day held in Sydney, Australia,
may awaken the fire of divine love in young people
and make them sowers of hope for a new humanity"
STREAMING OF WYD08 EVENTS ON EWTN
EWTN will be broadcasting the major events
EWTN can be viewed on Sky on EPG 769 (589 from 21st July 2008).
Its programmes are also streamed on the internet and you can select
the channels from the multimedia page by clicking the logo above.
The network have advertised the following
On 16th March 2008, the Holy Father celebrated Palm Sunday Mass and the
diocesan Youth Day.
After the Angelus, speaking in English, he
said: 'I welcome the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors here this
Palm Sunday, when we acclaim Jesus, model of humility, our messiah and
king. In a special way I greet all the young people gathered in Rome. I
am looking forward to seeing many of you, together with thousands of
others across the globe, at World Youth Day in Sydney. Let us all pray
for our young people, that World Youth Day will be a time of deep and
lasting spiritual renewal.'
Themes of World Youth Day to focus
on the Holy Spirit and mission
The organisers of WYD08 have unveiled the themes for the three days of
catechesis that bishops from around the world will lead in over 300
locations in Sydney.
July 16th: The call to live in the Holy Spirit
from Galatians 5:25:
'Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit.'
July 17th: The Holy Spirit as the soul of the
from 1 Corinthians
12:13: 'In the one Spirit we were all baptised, Jews as well as Greeks,
slaves as well as citizens, and one Spirit was given to us all to
July 18th: The Holy Spirit
as the principal agent of mission
from Acts 1:8: ' ...
you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you,
and then you will be my witnesses ...'
Bishop Anthony Fisher, WYD08 coordinator said: 'Catechesis represents
the spiritual heart of World Youth Day, when young people from various
backgrounds and circumstances unite to listen, reflect, discuss and
pray in harmony.' He encouraged all pilgrims to begin reflecting on the
themes now so that they will be spiritually prepared to witness to the
Spirit and gain as much as they can from their WYD08 experience.
Facts and Figures
The Catholic Communications Network has
compiled a UK Media Fact Sheet
containing many details about World Youth Day.
This is one of the scenes along the thirty
mile walk that Bishop Paul
will be making in the hills south-east of Rome on or around
23rd April 2008. He is being sponsored to defray the costs of
Southwark pilgrims to World Youth Day.
Youth Day event is a fantastic opportunity for our young people to
experience the universality and diversity of the Church, whilst
celebrating unity within our common Roman Catholic faith. Inaugurated
by Pope John Paul II, it was designed so that the Pope could meet
representatives of young people throughout the global Catholic Church,
and in this encounter, celebrate, deepen, and strengthen our young
people in the active living out of their Christian faith. Through
catechesis, through liturgical celebration, through social interaction,
acts of service and exposure to the cultures of the host country, our
young people will encounter the face of Christ among them and with
them. World Youth Day Sydney 2008 will be the Twenty-Third such event
and will be a life-changing experience for the 90 pilgrimages who will
be travelling with the Archdiocese of Southwark to The Great South Land
of the Holy Spirit, Australia.
Information for Pilgrims from Southwark
The World Youth Day pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Southwark is
being coordinated through the Southwark Catholic Youth Service. The
pilgrimage travels out to Australia on Tuesday 8th
July. For our first days in Australia we will be
hosts of the friendly and welcoming diocese of Maitland &
Newcastle, for the ‘Days in the Diocese’. From Tuesday 15th-
Sunday 20th July we will
be participating in the WYD events held in Sydney, culminating in the
overnight vigil and Papal Mass on the Sunday morning. Monday and
Tuesday following will be used for local excursions before the return
to the UK on Tuesday
22nd July, arriving back
in the UK on Wednesday
Included in the overall price are all travel, excursions and
WYD fees. The pilgrimage is open to any young person between the ages
years old. There are still some places left but
our deadline for any further applications is 1st March