Jul 12, 2008 - 10:27 pm .- Several leading Australian political figures who are Catholic will attend the papal Mass closing World Youth Day, highlighting some leaders’ inconsistencies in applying their faith to political life.
Jul 12, 2008 - 07:03 pm .- A statue of Pope John Paul II which stands more than six and a half feet tall and weighs more than 1,100 lbs. was unveiled at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney last Saturday.
Jul 12, 2008 - 02:14 pm .- Along with 20 bishops, 2,000 young people from England and Wales are traveling to Sydney to see Pope Benedict on his first visit to Australia. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster expressed his excitement for the visit given the impact it will have on Australia and on the young people who attend.
Jul 12, 2008 - 12:39 pm .- Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn left on July 9 with 750 young people to take part in the 23rd World Youth Day, hopeful that the papal celebration will leave a deep impression on Europe.
Jul 12, 2008 - 03:58 am .- The Australian government has denied visas to dozens of World Youth Day pilgrims from Iraq, citing concerns that participants will not return home and instead will seek asylum in Australia. One Chaldean Catholic priest called the decision “a slap at young people who wanted to go to witness to the faith and the joy of the church’s living in Iraq despite sufferings.”
Jul 12, 2008 - 01:39 am .- The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s National Office for Evangelization has launched an evangelization program called “Rewired” to sustain the enthusiasm of young Catholics after World Youth Day.