World Youth Day 2008, held in Sydney from July 15 to 20, is organized by the Catholic Church and brings together young people from around the world to celebrate and grow in their faith. Reports from Catholic News Service cover Pope Benedict's first trip to Australia and World Youth Day events. World Youth Day 2008

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Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope’s Australian itinerary
By Dan McAloon
Catholic News Service
SYDNEY, Australia (CNS) – Pope Benedict XVI will have an intimate lunch with 12 of the young people attending World Youth Day in Sydney, and will hold a special meeting in the city with disadvantaged youths and those recovering from addictions during his July visit to Australia.
"His Holiness has a very full schedule on his first visit to Australia," said Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher, World Youth Day coordinator. "He has requested specific meetings in order to connect with the full range of Australian youth and the youth of the world."
Bishop Fisher spoke about the papal itinerary just before the May 30 Vatican release of the detailed schedule of papal events in Australia July 12-21.
Although the schedule provides minute details about the timing of the pope's public movements, it provided no clues about the location set to host the pope for three full days of rest July 14-16 to allow him to recover from the long flight and change of time zones.
The public portion of the trip includes a Mass with Australian bishops, seminarians and candidates for the religious life, an ecumenical and an interreligious gathering and meetings with government officials, but its focus is on young people, especially those celebrating World Youth Day.
In addition to a Sydney Harbor welcoming ceremony and cruise and the traditional World Youth Day vigil and morning Mass, Pope Benedict also was scheduled to offer a prayer during the first station of the youth gathering's traditional meditation on the Stations of the Cross.
The pope will preside over the first station on the steps of Sydney's St. Mary's Cathedral in the evening July 18.
Eight separate locations around Sydney – from the cathedral to the Opera House and on to Barangaroo – are being used to stage the meditations, which will be broadcast around the world.
Immediately before the World Youth Day closing Mass July 20, the pope will board a helicopter to survey the crowds gathered in Centennial Park and Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Here is the detailed schedule released by the Vatican. All times are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses. Although Sydney is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Daylight Time, Darwin, where the pope's plane will stop briefly to refuel, is 13.5 hours ahead.
Saturday, July 12 (Rome):
- 10 a.m. (4 a.m.) Departure from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
Sunday, July 13 (Darwin, Sydney):
- 9:15 a.m. (7:45 p.m. July 12) Arrival at Darwin air force base for refueling.
- 10:30 a.m. (9 p.m. July 12) Departure from Darwin air force base.
- 3 p.m. (1:00 a.m.) Arrival at Sydney's Richmond air force base.
- 3:15 p.m. (1:15 a.m.) Transfer to private residence.
Monday-Wednesday, July 14-16, private time.
Thursday, July 17 (Sydney):
- 7:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m. July 16) Mass in private in the Chapel of St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 9 a.m. (7 p.m. July 16) Welcoming ceremony at Government House. Speech by pope.
- 9:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m. July 16) Transfer by car to the Mary MacKillop Memorial.
- 9:45 a.m. (7:45 p.m. July 16) Prayer visit to the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel.
- 10 a.m. (8 p.m. July 16) Transfer to Admiralty House.
- 10:05 a.m. (8:05 p.m. July 16) Courtesy visit at Admiralty House with the governor general and meeting with the prime minister.
- 11:05 a.m. (9:05 p.m. July 16) Transfer by car to St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 11:30 (9:30 p.m. July 16) Arrival at St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 2:20 p.m. (12:20 a.m.) Transfer to Sydney's Rose Bay pier. Brief welcoming ceremony with traditional aboriginal dances and song.
- 2:45 p.m. (12:45 a.m.) Board the "Sydney 2000" cruise boat and travel along the harbor to the Barangaroo East Darling Harbor pier.
- 3:30 p.m. (1:30 a.m.) Arrival at Barangaroo. Welcoming festival with young people. Speech by pope.
- 4:45 p.m. (2:45 a.m.) Transfer by popemobile to St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 5:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m.) Arrival at St. Mary's Cathedral House.
Friday, July 18 (Sydney):
- 7:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m. July 17) Private Mass in the chapel of St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 9:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m. July 17) Separate private audiences with the governor of New South Wales, the prime minister of New South Wales, the mayor of Sydney and their families in the reception hall of St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 10:25 a.m. (8:25 p.m. July 17) Walk to St. Mary's Cathedral.
- 10:30 a.m. (8:30 p.m. July 17) Ecumenical meeting in the crypt of St. Mary's Cathedral. Speech by pope.
- 11:15 a.m. (9:15 p.m. July 17) Walk to the Chapter Room of St. Mary's Cathedral.
- 11:20 a.m. (9:20 p.m. July 17) Meeting with representatives of other religions. Speech by pope.
- Noon (10 p.m. July 17) Walk to St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 12:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. July 17) Lunch with young people in the reception hall of St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 2:55 p.m. (12:55 a.m.) Walk to St. Mary's Cathedral.
- 3 p.m. (1 a.m.) Prayer at the beginning of the Stations of the Cross in the square in front of the cathedral. The pope will recite the prayer at the end of the first station and then will follow the rest of the ceremony by television in the crypt of the cathedral.
- 6:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m.) Transfer by car to the Church of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame University.
- 6:45 p.m. (4:45 a.m.) Meeting in the Church of the Sacred Heart with a group of disadvantaged youths and those recovering from addiction. Speech by pope.
- 7:45 p.m. (5:45 a.m.) Transfer by car to St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 8 p.m. (6 a.m.) Arrival at St. Mary's Cathedral House.
Saturday, July 19 (Sydney):
- 9 a.m. (7 p.m. July 18) Walk to St. Mary's Cathedral.
- 9:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m. July 18) Mass with the bishops of Australia, seminarians and novices and consecration of the new altar in the cathedral. Homily by pope.
- 11:45 a.m. (9:45 p.m. July 18) Walk to St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 12:15 p.m. (10:15 p.m. July 18) Lunch with the Australian bishops and the papal entourage in the reception hall of St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 6:30 p.m. (4:30 a.m.) Transfer by car to Royal Randwick Racecourse.
- 7 p.m. (5 a.m.) Vigil with young people at Royal Randwick Racecourse. Speech by pope.
- 9 p.m. (7 a.m.) Transfer by car to St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 9:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.) Arrival St. Mary's Cathedral House.
Sunday, July 20 (Sydney):
- 8:30 a.m. (6:30 p.m. July 19) Transfer by car to the Victoria Barracks Heliport.
- 8:45 a.m. (6:45 p.m. July 19) Arrival at the Victoria Barracks Heliport. Board a helicopter to fly over the young people gathered in the Southern Cross Precinct (Centennial Park and Royal Randwick Racecourse).
- 9:15 a.m. (7:15 p.m. July 19) Transfer by car from the Victoria Barracks to Royal Randwick Racecourse. Ride in popemobile around Centennial Park and Royal Randwick Racecourse.
- 9:45 a.m. (7:45 p.m. July 19) Arrival in the sacristy at Randwick.
- 10 a.m. (8 p.m. July 19) Celebration of the Mass for the 23rd World Youth Day. Homily by pope. Followed by recitation of the Angelus and a speech by the pope.
- 12:15 p.m. (10:15 p.m. July 19) Return to the sacristy.
- 12:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m. July 19) Transfer by car to St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 1 p.m. (11 p.m. July 19) Arrival at St. Mary's Cathedral House. Lunch with papal entourage.
- 6 p.m. (4 a.m.) Meeting with the benefactors and organizers of World Youth Day in the reception hall of St. Mary's Cathedral House and then in the Chapter Room of St. Mary's Cathedral. Speech by pope.
- 7 p.m. (5 a.m.) Walk back to St. Mary's Cathedral House.
Monday, July 21 (Sydney, Darwin, Rome):
- 7 a.m. (5 p.m. July 20) Private Mass in the chapel of St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 8:35 a.m. (6:35 p.m. July 20) Farewell at St. Mary's Cathedral House.
- 8:45 a.m. (6:45 p.m. July 20) Transfer by popemobile to the Domain.
- 8:50 a.m. (6:50 p.m. July 20) Meeting with World Youth Day volunteers. Speech by pope.
- 9:10 a.m. (7:10 p.m. July 20) Transfer by car to Sydney's international airport.
- 9:30 a.m. (7:30 p.m. July 20) Farewell ceremony at Sydney's international airport. Speech by pope.
- 10 a.m. (8 p.m. July 20) Departure from Sydney's international airport.
- 1:50 p.m. (11:20 p.m. July 20) Arrival at Darwin airport for refueling.
- 3:05 p.m. (12:35 a.m.) Departure from Darwin airport.
- 11 p.m. (5 p.m.) Arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport.
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Contributing to this story was Cindy Wooden at the Vatican.

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