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Melbourne pilgrims depart for World Youth Day

Tuesday 15 January 2018

Media and Communications Office

This week, 44 Melburnians joined hundreds of Australians in a two-week pilgrimage to the USA, Mexico and Panama for World Youth Day.

Archbishop Peter has joined Melbourne’s Archdiocesan Office for Youth alongside 44 pilgrims in attending the Catholic youth festival.
The Melbourne pilgrims are currently touring Mexico including a visit to the ancient city of Teotihuacan and Our lady of Ocotlan church where the group was blessed to see the procession of the Virgin Mary.

Meanwhile, about 700 Australians from across the nation, including over 200 Sydney-based pilgrims, will gather in Panama.

Sydney hosted the event in 2008 and the festival’s closing Mass was attended by 300,000 people. Now Panama City will welcome thousands of young and enthusiastic Catholics who will gather from 22-29 January to celebrate the first World Youth Day to be held in Central America.


 Melbourne's pilgrims are joined by Archbishop Peter Comensoli as they take in the sights of Mexico City. Can you spot the Archbishop? 
For Melburnians unable to attend celebrations in Panama, the Archdiocesan Office for Youth is running the 2019 Summer School of Evangelisation, an opportunity to engage with World Youth Day from home. The 2019 Summer School will take place in Kyneton during the same dates as World Youth Day, offering participants the chance to mirror the experience of their peers in Panama.

In Panama, World Youth Day concludes 27 January with a Final Mass celebrated by Pope Francis who will announce the destination of the next World Youth Day.

To follow the experiences of Melbourne’s pilgrims in Panama, check in with the Archdiocesan Office for Youth’s blog! 
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