officially launched preparations for the 2008 event at Palm Sunday mass
yesterday in St Peter's Square, where six young Australians received
the World Youth Day Cross from German youth.
The ceremony at
the Vatican coincided with a special mass at St Mary's Cathedral in
Sydney to mark the handover, reported Australia’s Daily Telegraph.
WYD 2008 is expected to draw 130,000 foreign pilgrims.
Benedict XVI has confirmed he will be in Sydney, Australia, for World
Youth Day 2008, Bishop Anthony Fisher, auxiliary bishop of Sydney told
I-Media. It will be this Pope’s first visit to Oceania.