World Youth Day takes places in Sydney in July. Bishop Anthony Fisher is coordinating the countdown. Interview made available via Vatican Radio podcast.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

K&L Pilgrimage

K&L has over 140 pilgrims ready to travel to Australia in July 2008. Applications are now closed.

Young people from 29 Parishes in every corner of our Diocese are included in the group. Some parishes have large groups travelling, while others have only one or two pilgrims, but we are delighted that they are all very much part of the Kildare and Leighlin group.

Update on Travel details and Pilgrimage

Our group will travel out on three flights, on July 5th, 6th and 7th next year.

On arrival in Australia, we will head first to the parish of St Patrick in the town of Boorowa in the Diocese of Canberra and Gouldburn. This is a rural parish, steeped in an Irish tradition. The people of Boorowa are really looking forward to hosting our pilgrims for the celebration of the Days in the Diocese programme. This will be a combination of social, cultural and justice and service projects

On Saturday 12th July, we leave Boorowa to gather in Canberra, the capital of Australia. There we will take part in a youth festival which is expected to attract over 10,000 young pilgrims, all on their way to World Youth Day in Sydney. We will spend the weekend in Canberra.

Monday 14th July will see our group head off to the Parish of St Charles Borromeo in Ryde in Sydney. Here we will be welcomed once again by a parish with very strong Irish links. The Patrician Brothers, founded in our own Diocese 200 years ago have a college in the Parish.

Our World Youth Day Week begins when we arrive and register in Sydney, and the programme begins on Tuesday. It is a very full week, with lots of activity for all the pilgrims, culminating in the night vigil to be held with Pope Benedict in Randwick Racecourse.

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