Rome, Italy, Aug 27, 2007 / 11:14 am (CNA) .- Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said recently, â€śInformation from Denver suggests that five to ten years after the WYD that took place in that city, the event continued to influence those who participated. We hope for this type of long-term evangelization.â€ť
Bishop Fisher, who is General Coordinator for WYD Sydney 2008, said he hoped the Holy Spirit would give young people â€śdirection, meaning, and hope for the future.â€ť â€śThere is great hope in this World Youth Day. We hope it offers young people the chance to encounter Christ, to experience the power of God in their lives,â€ť he added.
Bishop Fisher also mentioned that registration for the event has been â€śnotable.â€ť â€śWe have received many more than what we expected at this point,â€ť he said, and therefore â€śwe are very happy and sure that many people from all over the world will participate.â€ť
He noted as well that the pilgrimage of the WYD Cross â€śis having a great impact in Australia.â€ť â€śRight now it is in the northern part of the country, in the tropical area of Brisbane. In Toowoomba, for example, where there are three million young people, the bishop has told me that when the Cross arrived, the largest ecclesial gathering in the history of that rural diocese took place,â€ť he said.
â€śThere is also a certain impact on people who are estranged from the Church or are indecisive and who come to see whatâ€™s going on and end up staying at the event,â€ť the bishop added.