Ten years ago, Pope Benedict XVI visited Sydney to celebrate World Youth Day (WYD), a celebration intended to reinvigorate parishes, schools and leadership within the Church in Australia. Now, 10 years on, celebrating the anniversary of WYD is providing an opportunity to rejuvenate our hearts and our vision by remembering WYD08.
The meaning of joy was the subject of a presentation by Fr Greg Barker, Parish Priest of Forster Tuncurry at the Pints For A Purpose event held earlier this week.
Researchers from Australia and the United States will present their findings on how young people perceive and engage with the Catholic Church during one of a series of significant events that will be held during the Year of Youth.
Angela Markas, a member of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Melbourne, is a young Australian woman with a deep faith and strong sense of social justice - and she has been chosen to represent young Australian Catholics at an important Vatican meeting next year.
They say happiness is contagious and, after witnessing the joy of 20,000 young people at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, I know it’s true.
Tens of thousands of young Australian Catholics have spent three days celebrating their faith in Sydney. The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) welcomed participants from all over Australia and invited them to concerts, workshops, fun activities and prayer.