Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese
Tens of thousands of young Catholics have descended on Sydney Olympic Park, kicking off three action-packed days with some of the world's best known Catholic speakers and musical artists.
The Australian Catholic Youth Festival has already attracted national media attention, with Australia's youngest bishop, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Richard Umbers of Sydney speaking to the Nine Network about the effect of the festival on the city.
Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP welcomed the nation's youth to Sydney this morning at the first plenary session, where an estimated 19,000 young people gathered for a morning of inspirational talks and live musical performance.
Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Maher and priest-performer sensation Fr Rob Galea had the crowd on their feet, while popular spiritual leader Sr Hilda Scott OSB spoke to them about the power of contemplative prayer.
Powerful youth-led drama rounded out the morning before festival goers headed off to a day full of workshops and interactive activities.
Transport NSW announced public transport arrangements to meet the additional demand - both for the festival and for the closing public Mass in The Domain on Saturday, which is expected to attract around 30,000 people.
Xt3.com are live streaming
parts of the event for people who cannot attend and for participants' families back home.
Photos courtesy of Catholic
Archdiocese of Sydney/Australian Catholic Bishops Conference