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Australians head to Rome for World Youth Day conference

Two young Australians have left for Rome to join 230 leaders of youth ministry from all over the world in laying plans for the next World Youth Day celebration, to be held in Cologne, Germany in 2005.

Adam Morris of Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese and Selina Hasham of Sydney were both delegates to the last World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada.

At the Rome conference they will put forward their observations and experiences of Toronto, from both the logistical and pastoral point of view and contribute ideas for Cologne.

The Pontifical Council for the Laity, which is organising the conference said delegates would also have a chance "to reflect on the many challenges and priorities facing youth ministry today".

Adam and Selina will join Rome's young people in their gathering with Pope John Paul II on Thursday, April 10 and will take part in the Holy Father's Palm Sunday Eucharist in St Peter's Square.

Adam said he was looking forward to affirming the "mind blowing" experience of World Youth Day in Toronto.

"[World Youth Day] gives you this amazing sense of the global Church - it's the true meaning of catholic and it's really great to experience it."

Australian Bishops' Committee for the Laity

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10 Apr 2003