released yesterday by the Pontifical Council for the Laity stated that
the meeting will be attended by delegates from some 85 countries as
well as representatives from 45 religious communities, associations and
Catholic youth movements.
Cardinal Joachim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne, Germany, will recount
last August's World Youth Day, which was held in that city. He will
analyze the effect it had on his archdiocese and on youth pastoral care
throughout Germany before looking at organizational and logistical
challenges brought by the event.
Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell will speak on the challenges
and expectations of the Australian Church, which will host World Youth
will gather on April 9th, Palm Sunday for a Mass celebrated by Pope
Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square. Following the liturgy, a group of
young Germans will present the pilgrim World Youth Day cross to a group
Monday, the Cross will undertake a long journey through Europe, Africa
and a number of Pacific Ocean islands before arriving in Sydney in July
of 2008 for the start of World Youth Day itself.
Vatican has announced that world leaders and organizers of the popular
World Youth Day celebrations will gather for their first international
meeting this weekend at Sassone Di Ciampino near Rome.