23rd World Youth Day Program

The time in Sydney is (GMT + 10)

Saturday, July 12

ITALY 

  • 10:00 a.m. Departure by plane from the  Leonardo da Vinci International Airport of Fiumicino (Rome) for the Airport of Darwin/RAAF Military  Air Base

Sunday, July 13

AUSTRALIA 

  • 9:15 a.m. Arrival at Darwin Airport/RAAF  Military Air Base – Technical Stopover
  • 10:30 a.m. Departure by plane from Darwin  Airport/RAAF Military Air Base for Richmond  Airport (Sydney)/RAAF Military Air Base 
  • 3:00 p.m. Arrival at Richmond  Airport (Sydney)/RAAF Military Air Base 
  • 3:15 p.m. Transfer by car from Richmond Airport  (Sydney)/RAAF  Military Air Base to the Private Residence 
  • Pope’s Private time till the morning of  Thursday, July 17

Tuesday, July 15

  • 4.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m. Opening Mass celebrated by  Cardinal George Pell at Barangaroo
  • Youth Festival events

Wednesday, July 16

  • 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Catechesis (teaching)  sessions at over 250 locations across Sydney  (for registered pilgrims only)
  • Youth Festival events 

Thursday, July 17

Sydney

  • 7:30 a.m. Private Holy Mass in the Chapel  of St. Mary’s Cathedral House in Sydney  
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome ceremony at Government  House of Sydney Address of the Holy Father
  • 9:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Government  House to "Mary MacKillop Memorial" in Sydney  
  • 9:45 a.m. Prayer visit to "Mary  MacKillop Memorial Chapel" in Sydney  
  • 10:00 a.m. Transfer by car from "Mary  MacKillop Memorial" to Admiralty House in Sydney  
  • 10:05 a.m. Courtesy visit to the Governor  General in Admiralty House in Sydney  - Meeting with the Prime Minister in  Admiralty House in Sydney  
  • 11:05 a.m. Transfer by car from Admiralty  House to St. Mary’s Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 11:30 a.m. Arrival at St. Mary’s Cathedral  House in Sydney  
  • 2:20 p.m. Transfer by car from St. Mary’s  Cathedral House to Rose Bay Pier of Sydney - Short welcome with dances and  traditional songs by Australian Indigenous People at Rose Bay Pier of  Sydney   
  • 2:45 p.m. The Holy Father boards the cruise  ship Sydney 2000 for a trip to the pier at Barangaroo, East Darling Harbour of  Sydney  
  • 3:30 p.m. Arrival at Barangaroo, East  Darling Harbour of Sydney - Welcoming celebration by the young people at  Barangaroo, East Darling Harbour of Sydney Address of the Holy Father
  • 4:45 p.m. Transfer by panoramic car from  Barangaroo, East Darling  Harbour to St. Mary’s Cathedral House  in Sydney

Friday, July 18

  • 7:30 a.m. Private Holy Mass in the Chapel  of St. Mary’s Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 9:30 a.m. Separate private audiences for  the Governor of New South Wales, the Premier of New South Wales and the Lord  Mayor of Sydney, with their families in the Reception Hall of St. Mary’s  Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 10:25 a.m. Walk from St. Mary’s Cathedral  House to the Crypt of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney
  • 10:30 a.m. Ecumenical Meeting in the Crypt  of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney Address of the Holy Father
  • 11:15 a.m. Walk from the Crypt to Chapter  Hall of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney
  • 11:20 a.m. Meeting with representatives of  other religions in the Chapter Hall of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney Address  of the Holy Father
  • 12:00 p.m. Walk from the Chapter Hall to  St. Mary’s Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 12:30 p.m. Luncheon with the young people  in the Reception Hall of St. Mary’s Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 2:55 p.m. Walk from St. Mary’s Cathedral  House to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney
  • 3:00 p.m. Prayer at the beginning of the  Way of the Cross in the square in front of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney - The  Holy Father will say the prayer at the conclusion of the First Station and will  proceed to the Crypt of St. Mary’s Cathedral to watch the Way of the Cross on  TV
  • 6:30 p.m. Transfer by car from St. Mary’s  Cathedral to the Church of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre  Dame
  • 6:45 p.m. Meeting with a group of  disadvantaged young people of the rehabilitation community of the University of  Notre Dame in the Church of the Sacred Heart Address of the Holy Father
  • 7:45 p.m. Transfer by car from the Church  of the Sacred Heart of the University of Notre Dame to St. Mary’s Cathedral  House in Sydney
  • 8:00 p.m. Arrival at St. Mary’s Cathedral  House in Sydney

Saturday, July 19

  • 9:00 a.m. Walk from St. Mary’s Cathedral  House to the Cathedral
  • 9:30 a.m. Holy Mass with the Australian  Bishops, seminarians and novices (with the Consecration of the new altar) at  St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney  Homily of  the Holy Father
  • 11:30 a.m. Return to Sacristy
  • 11:45 a.m. Walk from St. Mary’s Cathedral  to St. Mary’s Cathedral House
  • 12:15 p.m. Luncheon with Australian Bishops  and Papal Entourage in the Reception Hall of St. Mary’s Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 6:30 p.m. Transfer by car from St. Mary’s  Cathedral House to Randwick Racecourse in Sydney
  • 7:00 p.m. Vigil with the young people at  Randwick Racecourse in Sydney Address of the Holy Father
  • 9:00 p.m. Transfer by car from Randwick  Racecourse to St. Mary’s Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 9:30 p.m. Arrival at St. Mary’s Cathedral  House

Sunday, July 20

  • 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from St. Mary’s  Cathedral House to Victoria Barracks heliport in Sydney
  • 8:45 a.m. Arrival at Victoria Barracks  heliport in Sydney - The Holy Father will fly over the Southern Cross Precinct  (Centennial Park and Randwick Racecourse) in Sydney
  • 9:15 a.m. Transfer by panoramic car at the  Victoria Barracks heliport to proceed to Randwick Racecourse - Tour in panoramic car among the assembled  youth in the Southern Cross Precinct (Centennial Park and Randwick  Racecourse)
  • 9:45 a.m. Arrival at the Sacristy set up in  Randwick Racecourse in Sydney
  • 10:00 a.m. Holy Mass for the 23rd World  Youth Day at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney Homily of the Holy Father -   Recitation of the Angelus Domini at Randwick  Racecourse in Sydney, Holy Father’s address
  • 12:15 p.m. Return to Sacristy
  • 12:30 p.m. Transfer by car from Randwick  Racecourse to St. Mary’s Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 1:00 p.m. Arrival at St. Mary’s Cathedral  House in Sydney  - Luncheon with the Papal Entourage
  • 6:00 p.m. Meeting with benefactors and  organizers of the 23rd World Youth Day at the Reception Hall of Cathedral House  and in the Chapter Hall of St. Mary's Cathedral   Address of the Holy Father
  • 7:00 p.m. Walk from the Chapter Hall of St.  Mary’s Cathedral to St. Mary’s Cathedral House

Monday, July 21

  • 7:00 a.m. Private Holy Mass at the Chapel  of St. Mary’s Cathedral House
  • 8:35 a.m. Farewell from St. Mary’s  Cathedral House in Sydney
  • 8:45 a.m. Transfer by panoramic car from  St. Mary’s Cathedral House to the Domain of Sydney
  • 8:50 a.m. Greeting to the volunteers of the  23rd World Youth Day in the Domain of Sydney   Address of the Holy Father
  • 9:10 a.m. Transfer by car from the Domain  to the International Airport of Sydney
  • 9:30 a.m. Farewell ceremony at the International  Airport of Sydney Address of the Holy Father
  • 10:00 a.m.  Departure by plane from the International  Airport of Sydney for Darwin Airport 
  • 1:50 p.m. Arrival at Darwin Airport  - Technical stopover
  • 3:05 p.m.  Departure by plane from Darwin Airport for  Ciampino (Rome)

ITALY

  • 11:00 p.m. Arrival  at the Airport of Rome/Ciampino

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