On a wing and a prayer... Sydney Catholic Schools head to WYD

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
19 Jul 2016

Passengers heading overseas might have been surprised to be greeted by life-sized images of St John Paul II and Pope Francis, large Australian flags and a stream of brightly-coloured yellow caps as they arrived at Sydney's International Airport on Saturday morning.

Scores of excited young people and teary parents filled the departure lounge as groups from Sydney Catholic Schools prepared to head off to encounter two million other young Catholics, and Pope Francis, in Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day.

The group was such an excited and joyful bunch that the pilots of the Cathay Pacific plane came out to personally greet the students and pose for photos.

The group which left on Saturday is part of a 567-strong contingent of student and staff pilgrims from Sydney Catholic schools.  They will arrive in Krakow via the Holy Land, Rome, Venice, Florence or Prague.

Laura Bradley from was at Sydney airport to capture all the excitement.

The schools included in the video were:

  • Bethany College, Hurstville,
  • St Ursula's College, Kingsgrove
  • Holy Spirit Catholic College, Lakemba.
  • Freeman Catholic college, Bonnyrigg
  • Clancy Catholic college, Hinchinbrook
  • St John Bosco, Engadine with Fr Peter Carroll will continue to cover the World Youth Day pilgrimage, with regular updates available by following the video blog. WYD 2016 Blog

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