World Youth Day is a week for the world’s Catholic youth to come together to form friendships and gain a better understanding of other countries, cultures, and, most importantly, the Catholic Faith. While the term “youth” carries a connation of teenagers in the United States, it actually refers to those aged 18-30 around the world. World Youth Day was initiated by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1986. 2008 will be the 10th international World Youth Day.
Sydney is home to over four million citizens, the iconic Sydney Opera House, kangaroos and koalas. In July 2008, Pope Benedict XVI and 500,000+ Catholics from around the world will converge on the city to experience World Youth Day. In Sydney, you will be given the opportunity to express your faith with people your age from all over the world. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience.
The official dates for World Youth Day are July 15-21, 2008. However, the SLU contingency will be traveling to Australia earlier in July, giving us a few extra days to check out some of the country’s other amazing cities and beautiful outback.
Sydney has quickly become one of the most popular cities in the world, recently hosting the 2000 summer Olympics and the 2003 Rugby Cup. Sydney also has a large Catholic population that is preparing to host WYD's amazing events, such as exhibitions and concerts, a Stations of the Cross that goes through the city, the Pilgrim Walk, and a final Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.
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