Vatican City, Feb 26, 2008 / 01:12 pm (CNA) .- Various bishops from the Oceania region say that the faithful in their churches are looking to Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s visit for World Youth Day as â€śan event of special grace".
"The entire continent is being mobilised - both in the more socially advanced areas and in less developed regions - to prepare" for World Youth Day 2008, which is due to be held in Sydney, Australia, in July. Various economic initiatives have been organised to help young people from the poorest areas of the continent to participate in the event. "The Day", a communiquĂ© from the bishops relates.
The weight that the prelates give to the Popeâ€™s visit is evident in their description of the upcoming event as â€śone of the most important events in the history of Australiaâ€ť. They also note that â€śinterest is growing in the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, as an event of special grace".