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Bishop announces World Youth Day delegates

The Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Laity, Bishop Peter Connors, has announced the selection of two young people to be the official delegates of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference to the World Youth Day celebrations in Cologne, Germany in August.

They are Sarah Taylor of Adelaide and Nathan Galea of Sydney. Sarah and Nathan were selected by the Bishops Committee from a large field of candidates nominated by their local bishops.

"The quality of the nominees was very high and the choices difficult. I am sure these two young people will be fine ambassadors for the Australian Church," said Bishop Connors.

Ms Taylor is the National President of the Young Christian Workers. She has a strong commitment to working with young people and to supporting their spiritual development. In the YCW she has been involved in the formulation and direction of a national Plan of Action as well as participating in formation events for members.

Mr Galea is studying to be a secondary teacher and works in the Sydney Catholic Youth Ministry. He works with young people at both diocesan and parish levels.

"I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity to represent Australia," he said when told of his nomination.

World Youth Days have been held in various locations around the world. The last one was in Toronto in 2002. The late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, was the driving force behind these gatherings, the largest of their kind in the world. Their past success is a strong sign that they will continue in the new pontificate.

About 1300 young Australians made the last WYD pilgrimage to Toronto. Sarah and Nathan will join approximately 2000 Australian youth representing every Diocese and from various groups and movements around the country as they prepare for the journey to Cologne.

From the big cities and from more remote areas, such as Port Pirie and Top End indigenous communities, the youth delegation will be accompanied by five Archbishops, 25 Bishops, about 50 priests and numerous leaders (religious and lay) from around the country. The bonds of friendship developed along the way have been one of the most enduring features of the WYD journeys from Australia.

World Youth Day delegates announced (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference/Bishops' Committee for Laity 13/4/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day Cologne 2005
Bishops' Committee for Laity

World Youth Day 2005 Australian Site
Cardinal urges pope to keep World Youth Day commitment (CathNews 3/3/05)
German organizers further plans for World Youth Day (CathNews 7/1/05)
Pell calls Cologne "a journey on many levels" (CathNews 19/8/04)
Pell lobbies for World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (CathNews 30/3/04)
Vatican rebuff for Sydney's "premature" 2007 World Youth Day bid (CathNews 23/2/04)
Sydney's bid to host WYD 2007 gets boost (CathNews 8/1/04)
Bishops back Sydney bid for World Youth Day 2007 (CathNews 31/12/03)
The Official Logo for the XX World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne (CathNews 19/6/03)
Pope leaves Canada following World Youth Day success (CathNews 30/7/02)
Young Catholics eager to greet Pope at World Youth Day (CathNews 26/7/02)
Pope arrives in Toronto, praises intelligence, hearts of young people (CathNews 25/7/02)
Numbers down, spirits up for Toronto World Youth Day (CathNews 11/6/02)
Thousands arrive in Toronto for World Youth Day (CathNews 23/7/02)

World Youth Day delegates announced (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference/Bishops' Committee for Laity 13/4/05)
On WYD 2005 web site young people of the world write messages about Pope John Paul II. German Bishops call Catholics to give generously to support World Youth Day and help renew missionary spirit (Fides 11/4/05)
Pope blesses young people on 20th World Youth Day (Vatican Information Service 20/3/05)
On World Youth Day 2005 (Zenit 20/3/05)
15,000 Rome youth expected at pre-World Youth Day celebration (Catholic News Agency 16/3/05)
Young people prepare for World Youth Day (Vatican Information Service 16/3/05)
Palm Sunday: a Step Closer to Cologne (Zenit 11/3/05)
European University Day, a prelude to World Youth Day (Vatican Information Service 4/3/05)
European University Day Links Students in Prayer (Zenit 4/3/05)

14 Apr 2005