Organisers ponder logistics of Sydney WYD

CLICK HERESydney Archdiocesan spokeswoman Marita Winters has said the organisers of the Sydney bid have studied and learned from experiences of other World Youth Days.

The Australian reports today that while the 2002 Toronto World Youth Day was a massive success, with 800,000 attending, many did not pay the registration fee, and Canadian Catholics were left to foot the bill.

On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI made the official announcement that Sydney will host the major gathering of young Catholic pilgrims. The event, which is expected to draw up to 100,000 overseas visitors, will rival the 2000 Olympics in Sydney for international popularity.

Ms Winters says there are major differences between the Toronto festival and plans for Sydney.

"Sydney will be able to reuse a lot of existing facilities that were built for the Olympics, rather than having to build new ones."

Unlike the past week's World Youth Day in Germany, Sydney's festival will be concentrated in central locations.

It may cost up to $80 million, but the NSW Government is offering $20 million in security and infrastructure. Cardinal George Pell says World Youth Day could be worth up to $110 million for Australia.

Meanwhile Bishop Joseph Oudeman, acting head of the Brisbane Archdiocese, said his Archdiocese is overjoyed by the news and would fully support Sydney in its staging of World Youth Day in July 2008.

"Even though we half-suspected it would be the case, it was still great news," Bishop Oudeman said. "It will be a wonderful occasion for the Holy Father to visit Australia but also for the youth of many lands.

"Since it was a great success in Cologne, we would hope that the same spirit of joy in the faith and thanksgiving for God's blessing would also touch the young people at World Youth Day 2008," he said.

In Melbourne, the Herald-Sun reports on a "push" among local clergy and grassroots Catholic groups for the Pope to include Melbourne on his 2008 Sydney visit itinerary.

Veritas Catholic youth grioup member Andrew Devereux said: "We've got a strong Catholic community here. I'd like to see the Pope say mass at the MCG and perhaps address political and cultural leaders."

But Vicar-General of the Melbourne Archdiocese Les Tomlinson said the Pope's age might prevent a Melbourne visit.

"You need to be realistic. When this occurs the Pope will be 81," he said. "There have been three papal visits here and only one has been all around Australia."

Melbourne World Youth Day 2005 pilgrimage director Jo Grainger commented that young people love the event because it is "relaxed and fun" and "expresses the Catholic faith in a contemporary and engaging way which is transforming people's lives".

"World Youth Day gives youth the opportunity to meet with their brothers and sisters in faith from other countries. This faith-connection breaks down all cultural barriers and strengthens unity and camaraderie not only within Catholic culture, but within broader societal culture," said

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Melbourne youth welcome Papal Visit to Sydney in 2008 for Catholic youth festival (World Youth Day 2005 Melbourne 22/8/05)

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23 Aug 2005