Monday, June 2, 2008

WYD Schedule

The Holy See has released the Pope's World Youth Day schedule. It is as follows:

The Holy Father will leave Rome on Saturday morning, July 12, for the long flight to Australia, landing at Darwin air base and proceeding to Sydney's Richmond airport.

After his arrival in Sydney the Pope will take several days of vacation. The Vatican not disclosed the site where the Pontiff will be staying, saying only that it will be a private residence.

On July 17 the Pope will make his first public appearance, at a welcoming ceremony in Sydney's Government House, where he will meet with the governor general and prime minister. Then he will travel by boat into Sydney harbor, to be greeted by the young people attending World Youth Day.

On July 18 the Pope will preside at an ecumenical service in Sydney's cathedral, then meet with leaders of other religious groups there. He will share lunch with a small group of World Youth Day participants, then open the Stations of the Cross at St. Mary's cathedral. In the evening he will meet with another group of young people at the Sacred Heart church of Notre Dame University.

On July 19 the Pontiff will celebrate Mass at the cathedral, have lunch with the Australian bishops, then travel to the Randwick racetrack, the site of the World Youth Day festivities, for an evening prayer vigil.

On July 20 the Pope will celebrate Mass at Randwick, the closing liturgy of the 23rd World Youth Day. That evening he will speak to organizers of the event.

On Monday, July 21, after Mass in private, the Holy Father will say his farewell to World Youth Day organizers and participants, then travel to Sydney's airport to begin the long flight home. He is due in Rome late that night.

Source: CWN