Pope Benedict will be Archbishop of Sydney George Pell’s special house guest during his four day visit in July for World Youth Day.
AAP reports NSW Deputy Premier John Watkins released a few details of the Papal visit yesterday which will involve a massive security and logistical exercise for the State.
The Pope will stay at the residence next to St Mary’s Cathedral during his visit.
Along with other WYD dignitaries, the Pope will travel by boat to some Sydney locations and WYD events.
As well as Randwick Racecourse, the Pope is likely to visit sites including the newly-named Barangaroo site in East Darling Harbour, the Domain, the Opera House and Centennial Park.
A spokesman for WYD said the Pope was expected to arrive at Barangaroo by boat for his official welcome.
WYD organisers have only 10 weeks exclusive access to Royal Randwick in which to transform the racecourse for the July 20 papal mass.
A stage to hold the Pope and 1,000 senior clergy as well facilities for the more than 300,000 people inside the racecourse must be built in that time.