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

acyf17-logo_200One 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 surrounding dioceses and Catholic agencies are generously supporting this whole of Church celebration.

The event will be held at Sydney Olympic Park and at other key locations in the city. It is expected to attract 15,000 young people who will celebrate their faith together while also acknowledging ten years since Sydney hosted World Youth Day in 2008. Continue reading

Youth festival likened to a mountaintop retreat

Bishop Oudeman smiles for a selfie with young people taking on the selfie challenge at ACYF15

Bishop Oudeman smiles for a selfie with young people taking on the selfie challenge at ACYF15

If you could have a super power, what would it be? Do you doubt your faith? What football team do you support? These were just some of the questions posed by teenagers and young adults to the Australian bishops during the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Adelaide this month, 3-5 December 2015.

Amidst the expo space, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) stall stood out with pink zucchettos (bishops’ hats) and a large-scale map of Australian dioceses, which drew much interest and banter.

Eighteen bishops joined 3,000 young people from across the country to celebrate three days of faith-based music, inspiring and challenging talks, practical workshops, and plenary sessions each morning and evening, all of which generated robust discussions.
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