NSW Premier's invite to Rome for WYD event

Cardinal George Pell has invited Premier Morris Iemma to Rome for a special ceremony related to Sydney's staging of World Youth Day in 2008.

If Mr Iemma makes the trip in early April, he also will hold discussions with Youth Day organisers and could meet the Pope.

Sydney is expected to spend $20 million protecting two of the world's most famous Catholics - Pope Benedict XVI and Mel Gibson - at World Youth Day in 2008.

More than 250,000 believers are expected to descend on the city in a bonanza estimated to deliver $110 million to the state's economy.

Cardinal Pell is taking 50 children to Rome to participate in the Youth Day ceremony.

Iemma gets an invite from Rome (Daily Telegraph 18/3/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day 2008
NSW Premier

Bishop outlines World Youth Day progress (CathNews 13/3/06)
Winning design for World Youth Day (CathNews 24/2/06)
Pope tells theologian he's coming to Australia (CathNews 22/12/05)

Strewth: Premier state (The Australian 20/3/06)
Fisher and Pell (Purcell's Chicken Voluntary 16/3/06)
Australia's Catholics prepare with enthusiasm to host 23rd World Youth Day in Sydney 2008 (Fides 13/3/06)

20 Mar 2006