Cardinal Pell thrilled about Pope’s choice of Sydney for 2008 WYD

.- Elated Australians joined their equally excited Cardinal Sunday, as Pope Benedict XVI confirmed the much-speculated reports that Sydney had indeed been chosen as the site for the 2008 World Youth Day.  The Holy Father made the announcement, according to the tradition, at the closing Mass for this year’s World Youth Day celebration in Cologne, Germany--attended by almost 1 million  young Catholics. 

Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, was quoted in the Australian saying that only the “scrooges” would be complaining about the Pope’s visit--the first papal visit to Australia in 13 years--and called it an “enormous privilege.” 

According to the Australian, Cardinal Pell boasted over what he called “a coherent and well-prepared bid” which had “tremendous help from the federal and state governments." 

"It's certainly a Catholic celebration”, he added, “but will be open to anyone, especially young people who don't have a settled core of religious conviction and are looking for something to hold on to." 

Some 5 million Catholics make their home in Australia, making Christianity the country’s largest religion. 

Because of Sydney’s somewhat difficult location, the Cardinal said that the 2008 turnout probably wouldn’t be as large as that in Cologne. "There's an immense Catholic population in Europe who can get in a car or an old bus and come along," he said. "The difficulty in Australia will be the money for the airfares." 

Reportedly though, Cardinal Pell has already spoken to Australian authorities about softening visa requirements for some visitors. Many Third World residents were turned away from Cologne because of stiff travel policies. 

"We've spoken to the Australian Government initially”, he said, “and the starting point is that visitors will be treated similarly to how visitors to the Olympic Games were.” 

"It's an important matter." 

It is also rumored that native Aussie and actor Mel Gibson will be asked to perform the Stations of the Cross at the event. Gibson recently produced the blockbuster “Passion of the Christ” movie. 

Some 2500 Australians in Cologne cheered the news last night excitedly, waving national flags. 

The theme for the 2008 World Youth Day is slated as "take up your cross and follow me", repeating the words of Jesus in the Gospels when asked how to attain eternal life.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Exorcism or prayer of liberation?
First meeting of Commission for Protection of Minors

Liturgical Calendar

July 23, 2014

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:1-9


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 1:1, 4-10
Gospel:: Mt 13: 1-9

Saint of the Day

St. John Cassian »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:1-9


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: