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Mice Net : October 2008
wyd 08 audience of 500 million, with TV and internet audiences combined reaching one billion • Top countries watching online streaming included USA, UK, Italy, Canada, Spain and Germany • There were 2000 accredited media for WYD08 Action aplenty For anybody who was in Sydney for the weeklong festivities (Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 20), it was hard to miss the pilgrims or the many activities they were engaged in. Activities included: • 450 youth festival events took place during the week from Tuesday to Sunday in more than 100 venues • 30 large national gatherings took place during WYD08 • 134 international pilgrims from 58 countries were part of the International Liturgy Group (ILG), as well as a representative from each Australian State and Territory. The ILG undertook the main duties of the liturgies including readings, offertory procession, altar servers, testimonials, flag bearers. • In Terrey Hills, more than 350 cardinals and bishops from overseas enjoyed a lunch hosted by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell. • An average of 2500 pilgrims walked through the Vocations Expo every hour • Catechesis was delivered at 235 locations across Sydney in 29 different languages • The WYD08 Choir consisted of 300 members, the WYD08 Orchestra was an 80 piece orchestra • 1000 priests heard confession during the WYD08 week The Journey of the Cross was a highlight. Once the Journey of the Cross and Icon reached Wollongong for the 15 day walk, it had travelled nearly 80,000 kilometres around Australia. The Cross and Icon visited more than 900 Australian communities during the 12 month pilgrimage around Australia. Nearly 500,000 people touched the cross throughout Australia. About 4000 pilgrims took part in the final day of the Journey of the Cross and Icon on Monday, July 14 when it travelled on a Manly ferry before being walked through central Sydney (Stations of the Cross). The Final Mass at Randwick Racecourse and Centennial Park was attended by 400,000 people, and 235,000 attended the night-time vigil at Randwick. ABOVE: Patient pilgrims make their way to Barangaroo. OPPOSITE: Aerial shot of Barangaroo, location for Opening Mass, arrival & welcome of the Holy Father and Stations of the Cross. mice.net 87