|Jubilee||AUSTRALIAN YOUTH PILGRIMS ON WAY TO ROME|
Large numbers of Australian Catholic youth are preparing to make a pilgrimage to Rome and the Holy Land to participate in World Youth Day 2000, which is being held 14-20 August in Rome.|
An estimated two million young people from around the world are expected to converge on Rome for the celebrations, including 1250 in the 12 groups travelling from Australia.
Archbishop George Pell, Bishops Joe Grech and Hilton Deakin and ten priests are accompanying the first group that left from Melbourne on Tuesday. The Melbourne pilgrims will include 100 secondary school students and 280 young people aged between 18 and 35.
The Catholic Education Office is assisting the students to make the pilgrimage; each student has been given half of a return airfare, worth $1200.
Co-ordinator of Melbourne's Catholic Youth Ministry, Mr Stephen Lawrence, said that the pilgrimage would allow the pilgrims to obtain a broader vision of the universality of the Church and to be more effective witnesses of the Gospel in their daily lives.