|Vatican||WORLD YOUTH DAY CROWDS EXCEED ESTIMATES BY 30%|
Attendance at World Youth Day may be 30% higher than anticipated, organisers have indicated.|
Catholic World News report that last-minute registrations have swollen the ranks of young people arriving in Rome for this week's celebration. Organisers also revealed that many young people are arriving unannounced, without reservations.
As of Tuesday, all of the 2741 facilities available for lodging in Rome and the surrounding region had already been filled. Parish secretaries in the Rome diocese were making phone calls throughout the day, seeking new places to house the unexpected guests. Organisers had predicted a crowd growing to 1.5 million by tomorrow, for the climax of the World Youth Day observances. That figure now may need to be revised upward.
|18 Aug 00|