Pilgrims & Attendance

70,000 international pilgrims took part in Days of the Diocese throughout Australia during the week before WYD08

150,000 attended the Opening Mass at Barangaroo and CBD sites

In excess of 400,000 people attended the Final Mass at Southern Cross Precinct

500,000 people came out to welcome Pope Benedict on Thursday Jul 17 on the Boat-a-cade, Official Arrival at Barangaroo and Motorcade

223,000 people registered for pilgrim services during WYD08 (110,000 international pilgrims + 113,000 local pilgrims)

Over 170 nations were represented at World Youth Day Sydney 2008

168 international flags took part in the Procession of Flags at the WYD08 Opening Mass


WYD08 events were watched
live by an estimated international TV audience of 500 million, with TV and Internet audiences combined reaching one billion

XT3.com, the WYD08 official online social networking site, is expected to attract 225,000
pilgrims as a result of the event

The World Youth Day website received over 500,000 unique users from Jul 12 - 20.

WYD08 online streaming received over 250,000 visits during the event period, watching events live all around the world

There were 2,000 accredited media for WYD08

Pilgrim Services

100,000 pilgrims slept in 400 schools and parishes

Over 12,000 pilgrims stayed in Sydney Olympic Park throughout the week

40,000 were billeted as part of the WYD08 HomeStay programme


450 Youth Festival events took place in over 100 venues

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 2,500 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

1,000 priests heard confession during the WYD08 week.

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