Countown To Wyd Rio And Live Coverage On Xt3

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
12 Jul 2013

World Youth Day LIVE

Hundreds of young people are preparing to fly out of Sydney for a mission pilgrimage in Lima, Peru before going on to Rio de Janeiro for WYDRio.

They will be accompanied by Cardinal George Pell, the auxiliary bishops of Sydney and priests as well as group leaders.

A large contingent of students, more than 300, from Sydney's Catholic schools and teachers will also be heading for South America.

Cardinal Pell will lead the group to Lima where the young people will work with poor villagers in shanty towns building infrastructure.

Other groups will join communities in Peru and Brazil before all coming together in Rio for the week of World Youth Day which will be attended by Pope Francis.

All in all around 1700 people from around Australian will join the hundreds of thousands expected in Rio.

Those back home in Australia will however have the opportunity to see all the major events live and on-demand through the Archdiocese social network skite

From 23 July until 28 July the key events will be streamed live on xt3. These key ev

ents will be:

  • WYD Opening Mass: Rio time - Tues 23 July, 7pm; Sydney time - Wed 24 July, 8pm
  • Australian Gathering: Rio time - Wed 24 July, 2pm, Sydney time - Thurs 25 July, 3am
  • Welcome Ceremony for Pope: Rio time - Thurs 25 July, 6pm; Sydney time - Fri 26 July, 7am
  • Stations of the Cross: Rio time - Fri 26 July, 5pm; Sydney time - Sat 27 July, 6am
  • WYD Prayer Vigil: Rio time - Sat 27 July, 7pm; Sydney time - Sun 28 July, 8am
  • WYD Closing Mass: Rio time - Sun 28 July, 9:30am; Sydney time - Sun 28 July, 10:30pm
  • Pope's Farewell Ceremony: Rio time - Sun 28 July, 7pm; Sydney time - Mon 29 July, 8am

Hundreds of thousands will gather under the outstretched arms of Christ the Redemmer

During the WYD Closing Mass, Pope Francis will announce the location of the next World Youth Day.

Xt3's World Youth Day webcast will be available at

Xt3 will also feature regular video blogs from Cardinal Pell's World Youth Day pilgrimage, as well as photos and commentary from Australian pilgrims during the World Youth Day week. Follow all the latest World Youth Day updates at