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2000 Australian pilgrims expected for World Youth Day

Around 2000 young Australian Catholics are expected to make the pilgrimage to Toronto, Canada, to join the Holy Father and around 1 million youth and young adults from 150 countries for the 17th World Youth Day (WYD).

Representatives from dioceses across the country are working together to share ideas and support Australia's young people in participating in World Youth Day.

Pope John Paul II has confirmed that he will be attending World Youth Day, where he will celebrate Mass and talk to young people.

The schedule also includes catecheses, confession, spiritual and cultural entertainment, and social justice activities. There will be international performers, plays and art and culture exhibits.

Diocesan representatives pictured at their recent Sydney gathering: Back (from left): Malcolm Hart (Brisbane); Derek Boylen (Perth); Marita Franklin (Sydney); Alice Priest (Port Pirie); Phillip Ryall (Harvest Pilgrimages). Middle: Anne-Maree Fagan (Parramatta); Selina Hasham (National Co-ordinator - Harvest Pilgrimages); Karen Lumney (Broken Bay). Front: Mark Capizzi (Harvest Pilgrimages); Adam Morris (Canberra-Goulburn).

World Youth Day (Australian pilgrims' site)
World Youth Day (official site)

Catholic Communications (Sydney)