Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia Chair, Eva Skira AO, said she felt deeply encouraged by the positive attitudes of the eleven young Catholic teachers and staff who undertook this pilgrimage.
In his homily for the closing Mass of World Youth Day 6 August 2023, Pope Francis asked told the hushed crowd “Let’s all repeat this phrase in our hearts: ‘Don’t be afraid,'” “Jesus knows the hearts of each one of you, the successes and the failures, he knows your hearts,” Pope Francis said. “And today he tells you, here in Lisbon for this World Youth Day: ‘Don’t be afraid.'”
Continuing a tradition from previous World Youth Days, an Australian gathering was held on Tuesday to celebrate the pilgrims’ faith and their homeland.
Catholic Education WA World Youth Day Facilitator and Iona Presentation College Deputy Principal, Ryan Shelton said the group consisting of 15 office and school staff had undergone a 12-month formation program which both involved the physical and spiritual aspect.
Director of the National Centre for Evangelisation at the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Malcolm Hart, presents the upcoming WYD from the perspective of young Australians, defining it “a moment of faith experience, exploration and growth in their lives”
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has reminded some 200 delegates from Perth and Bunbury who are travelling to World Youth in Portugal, not to fall into the trap of creating the Jesus that suits us.
Youth from across the diocese attending World Youth Day 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal, will next weekend be commissioned by Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB.
The answer to the question of who is at the heart of the Church is not Archbishop Tim or Pope Francis, or the Cardinals or anybody else,” Archbishop Costelloe said speaking to more than 800 people Sunday 20 November for the launch of World Youth Day 2023 on the Feast of Christ the King at St Mary’s Cathedral.