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Following in family footsteps to World Youth Day

21 June 2023

  After hearing stories from family members about the excitement and joy of World Youth Day, 18-year-old Catholic Stacie Touche is set to follow in their footsteps. Stacie will be one of 170 young people from across Western Sydney and…

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Young Australian dancer set to perform in front of Pope Francis and millions of Catholics

13 June 2023

  A young Western Sydney Catholic will have the opportunity to express her two biggest loves – dance and faith – at one of the world’s biggest stages. 19-year-old Antonia Zammit from St John XXIII Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens, has been…

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Thousands of pilgrims counting down to World Youth Day

05 June 2023

By the ACBC, 5 June 2023 More than 3000 Australian pilgrims will travel to Portugal for World Youth Day 2023, making it one of the largest Australian contingents to attend the gathering in its history. A group of 25 World…

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Formation sessions begin next stage of WYD pilgrimage

05 May 2023

By Mary Brazell, 5 May 2023 The Diocese of Parramatta’s journey towards the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, has taken another step forward, as the 170 parish and school pilgrims begun their seven-week formation program. Despite marking the…

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World Youth Day helps inspire young people to serve others, pope says

04 May 2023

By Carol Glatz, 4 May 2023 World Youth Day is an antidote against indifference, isolation and lethargy, Pope Francis said. Since World Youth Days were established by St. John Paul II in 1985, “they have involved, moved, stirred and challenged…

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Young people say ‘yes’ to go on pilgrimage, in everyday lives

03 March 2023

By Mary Brazell, 3 March 2023 The first steps of the Diocese of Parramatta’s journey to World Youth Day have been taken as hundreds of students, teachers, young people, youth leaders and chaplains who have said ‘yes’ to this experience…

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Pope Francis’ message for the 37th World Youth Day

20 November 2022

By Pope Francis, 20 November 2022 MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE XXXVII WORLD YOUTH DAY 2022-2023 “Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39)   Dear Young People! The theme of the Panama World Youth Day was, “I am…

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Cardinal Farrell invites World Youth Day organisers to build bridges

01 November 2022

By Christopher Wells, 1 November 2022 The International Preparatory Meeting for WYD Lisbon 2023 kicks off in Fatima to explain the organization of the event and explore the culture and identity of the host city in Portugal. With less than…

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Pilgrimage coordinators prepare for WYD 2023 as registration countdown begins

20 October 2022

By Malcolm Hart, 20 October 2022 The countdown begins for the opening of registrations for the Diocese of Parramatta’s pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. Recently, our Diocesan pilgrimage coordinators visited Portugal on a familiarisation visit to…

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Being a World Youth Day witness 11 years on

17 October 2022

By Claire Brown, 17 October 2022 A World Youth Day pilgrimage can bring experiences you never imagined, as Claire Brown found out. I experienced my first taste of what a pilgrimage would be like at World Youth Day Sydney, 2008.…

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