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One Year to Go to Australia's Biggest Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
9 Dec 2016

Papal selfies on offer at the
Australian Catholic Youth Festival

One year from today, thousands of young people will gather for the final Mass of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Sydney from 7 to 9 December 2017.

The three-day Festival is a youthful and energetic celebration hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in partnership with the Archdiocese of Sydney. The event will be held at Sydney Olympic Park and at other key locations in the city  and is expected to attract 15,000 participants.

Not since World Youth Day in Sydney 2008 has the city of Sydney seen so many young Catholics gather to celebrate their faith.

The large national festival grew out of Australia's involvement in the World Youth Days and a desire over many years to gather Australia's Catholic youth together. It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the Church in Australia. The first Festival was held in Melbourne in 2013 and the second in Adelaide in 2015.

The ACYF will be marked by engaging talks and activities, music, prayer and the
celebration of Mass

The Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney and Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference Delegate for Youth is looking forward to welcoming young people from every Catholic Diocese across the country.

"I look forward to welcoming the youth of Australia to Sydney, in December 2017, for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival.

"Who could forget the energy and the buzz when we welcomed tens of thousands of young people to our city for World Youth Day in 2008.

Now, nearly a decade later, young people from across the country will join Church leaders to celebrate and pray for the young Church of Australia," said Archbishop Fisher.

The Festival marks the beginning of the Year of Youth in 2018 proclaimed by the Bishops of Australia to celebrate ten years since World Youth Day was hosted in Sydney. The theme of the Festival which will carry into the Year of Youth is: 'Open New Horizons for Spreading Joy: Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment'.

Thousands of youth will gather in Sydney for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival
7-9 December 2017

With one year to go, Archbishop Fisher set in motion an electronic countdown clock by which all involved can track their preparations and build expectations for the largest Catholic national youth event to be held in the history of the Catholic Church in Australia.

For more information www.youthfestival.catholic.org.au