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Sydney's bid to host WYD 2007 gets boost

NSW Opposition Leader, John Brogden, has offered Liberal-National Party support to the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, for Sydney's bid to stage World Youth Day in 2007.

According to the report carried in The Catholic Weekly, Mr Brogden has also "urged Premier Bob Carr to offer any and every assistance."

"There is no better city to hold World Youth Day," said Mr Brogden. "Sydney was a fantastic host for the 2000 Olympics and the 2003 Rugby World Cup and would be a fantastic host for World Youth Day 2007.

"World Youth Day has a very special place in the Catholic calendar attracting hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims from around the world."

Mr Brogden, an old boy of St Patrick's, Strathfield (and St Joan of Arc, Haberfield), said he was offering the Premier "bipartisan support for the bid and bipartisan support in Government planning for the event".

The Catholic Weekly

8 Jan 2004