Sydney, Australia, May 29, 2008 / 06:17 pm (CNA) .- The organizers of World Youth Day have released a partial itinerary for Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s time at the international youth event.
Pope Benedict will meet with several officials of the Australian government, including Governor-General of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery; Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; New South Wales Governor Marie Bashir; and New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma.
He will arrive at the Richmond Royal Australian Air Force Base on Sunday, July 13, after which he will spend a few days resting. His official welcome into Sydney will happen at Sydney Harbor and Barangaroo on July 17 at 2:45 in the afternoon.
On July 18, the Holy Father will preside over a re-enactment of the Last Supper during the Stations of the Cross. The re-enactment will take place on the steps of St. Maryâ€™s Cathedral in spite of security concerns raised by the police.
A spokesman for World Youth Day, Jim Hanna, told the Sydney Morning Herald that police had advised the organizers â€śnot to advertise the Pope's appearance because of the restricted capacity of Cathedral Square, not because of fears of an assassination attemptâ€ť, as other media outlets reported.
Before the final Mass on Sunday, July 20, Pope Benedict will be flown over Centennial Park and Randwick Racecourse in a helicopter.
His schedule also includes a private lunch with 12 young people, a meeting with disadvantaged youth, and meetings with Christian leaders and leaders of other faiths.
â€śHis Holiness has a very full schedule on his first visit to Australia,â€ť said Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, Coordinator of World Youth Day. â€śHe has requested specific meetings in order to connect with the full range of Australian youth and the youth of the world.
â€śAs a Head of State, he will also be conducting several official meetings with civic leaders,â€ť he said.
To see a more detailed itinerary released by the Holy See's Press Office click here or visit http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=12795 .