More details on Australia's World Youth Day 2008
Sydney Archdiocesan spokeswoman Marita Winters has told the Zenit news agency that the proposed theme - Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me - and tentative date - 15-20 July 2008 - have been submitted to the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
She put the estimated budget for the event at $60 million.
Costs will be shared between the local Church, the pilgrims, donations from benefactors and sponsors, and the local community, she said.
It is expected that some 80,000 to 100,000 foreign pilgrims will attend, as well as some 100,000 to 125,000 Australians. The numbers are not as high as in other World Youth Days because of the high cost of travel to Australia, especially from Western countries.
Some 2500 Australians attended the recent Youth Day in Cologne, the highest number from that country since the 1984 event.
Meanwhile this morning's Advertiser reports that Adelaide will play a pivotal role in supporting Australia's first World Youth Day which will be hosted in Sydney in 2008.
Adelaide Catholic Office for Youth and Young Adults director Julie Trinidad said Adelaide would become part of a nationwide network hosting thousands of international pilgrims in the lead-up to the Sydney World Youth Day.
"It will be a huge boost of energy for our city and our Church, with young pilgrims from across the world reminding local communities of the vitality, relevance and joy of Christian faith," Ms Trinidad said.
In Brisbane, Archbishop John Bathersby reflected in yesterday's Catholic Leader on the impact of this year's Cologne event on pilgrims after their homecoming.
"They will return home changed by the memories of the pilgrimage that will shape and mould their future lives, some suddenly, others over a longer period," he said. "As well as this impact on their faith the pilgrimage has forged exciting new friendships for all, some of which will last for a lifetime."
"They may also have arrived at a new understanding of Church through their day by day contact with one another and with the bishops, priests, leaders and chaperones who journeyed with them."
Australia Expecting a Smaller Youth-Day (Zenit 26/8/05)
Archbishop John Bathersby: Fitting climax to pilgrimage (Catholic Leader 29/8/05)
Thousands of young pilgrims to get a warm welcome (The Advertiser 29/8/05)
LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day - Archdiocese of Sydney
Organisers ponder logistics of Sydney WYD (CathNews 23/8/05)
It's official - WYD 2008 winner is Sydney! (CathNews 22/8/05)
PM's message advances WYD Australia rumours (CathNews 18/8/05)
Sydney WYD champagne corks await word from Pope (CathNews 2/8/05)
Vatican journo claims 2008 WYD 'winner is Sydney' (CathNews 1/8/05)
Pell leads bid for Sydney World Youth Day (CathNews 5/7/05)
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)
Bishops back Sydney bid for World Youth Day 2007 (CathNews 1/12/03)
Bishop Pat Power: World Youth Day (29/8/05)
Australia get ready (Catholic Leader 29/8/05)
Excitement spreading (Catholic Leader 29/8/05)
Editorial: Let's jump on board (Catholic Leader 29/8/05)
Australian youth confident WYD 2008 will be success (Catholic News Agency 26/8/05)
Christopher Pearson: The lesson from Cologne (The Weekend Australian 27/8/05)
German bishops work to turn WYD commitment into youth involvement (Catholic News Service 24/8/05)
U.S. pilgrims pleased with World Youth Day experience (Catholic News Service 24/8/05)
Cardinal O'Brien's WYD lectures (Independent Catholic News/SCMO 25/8/05)
Get your World Youth Day wristbands from ICN! (Independent Catholic News 26/8/05)
29 Aug 2005