Airdate: World Youth Day

It’s a broadcast schedule worthy of Big Brother but the seven days of airtime SBS is giving the Pope is enough to test any Catholic viewer.

The programme for the 10th World Youth Day celebrations starts on Sunday July 13* and ends the following Monday. There are live crosses, highlights, Papal masses and Stations of the Cross.

The Pope arrives on Sunday July 13*, the first such visit to Australia in 13 years.

No word if His Holiness has to have his walks interrupted for ads or whether the Popemobile will make it to Top Gear Australia.


Press Release:
The 10th international World Youth Day in Sydney, the largest youth event in the world, will also mark the first visit to Australia of Pope Benedict VXI. This is the first Papal visit to Australia for 13 years.

With an influx of an estimated 125,000 international visitors; 8000 volunteers; 2000 clergy; and global media representation, the eyes of the world will be on Sydney during this significant time.

More than a happening for the world’s Catholics, World Youth Day is open to young people from all faiths and aspires to engender a sense of belonging, and a desire to contribute in a positive way to creating a better world.

For Australians who are unable to make it to Sydney for the World Youth Day events, SBS Television will provide live coverage of the arrival of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Opening Mass, the Papal Mass at Randwick and the Stations of the Cross.

There will also be a daily Highlights package covering the Journey of the Cross, Catechesis sessions, and the Pilgrim’s Walkabout. SBS Television’s coverage will give viewers who are unable to make the journey to Sydney the opportunity to participate, in spirit, in this momentous event.

Schedule of SBS Television’s coverage (AEST):
Sunday July 13
INSERT: World News Australia Special: Pope Benedict In Australia LIVE: His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will arrive in Australia on Sunday July 13, three days before World Youth Day celebrations begin. He will fly into Richmond military air base outside Sydney after stopping off at Darwin Military Base, en route from Rome. SBS World News Australia will cover the Pope’s arrival in a half-hour news special, broadcast live in all areas.

Tuesday July 15
2.30pm-3pm Highlights: Journey of the Cross
3pm-6pm Opening Mass of Welcome – celebrated by Cardinal George Pell, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, and Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko of the Vatican.

Wednesday July 16
5.30pm-6pm Highlights: Opening Mass of Welcome

Thursday July 17
2pm-5pm LIVE coverage of the arrival of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
5pm-5.30pm Highlights: Cathechesis session
5.30pm-6pm Pilgrim’s Walkabout – Follows the journey of a lifetime for a number of everyday Aussies travelling to Sydney to be part of World Youth Day 2008. (Concludes Saturday 26 July at 5.30pm)

Friday July 18
2.30pm-3pm Highlights: Coverage of His Holiness’ arrival
3pm-6pm LIVE coverage of the Stations of the Cross beginning from the steps of St Mary’s Cathedral and ending at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour.

Saturday July 19
5.30pm-6pm Highlights: Stations of the Cross

Sunday July 20
9.15am-12.30pm LIVE coverage of the Papal Mass from Randwick Racecourse
12.30pm-1.30pm Highlights of the Papal Vigil
7.30pm-8pm Highlights of the Papal Mass

Monday July 21
5pm-6pm Highlights of the World Youth Day Celebrations

SBS Radio will also cover World Youth Day with Live event broadcasts from Hyde Park, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour and Randwick. As well, SBS Radio’s flagship youth program, Alchemy will provide daily reports from the world’s visiting youth to get their take on World Youth Day in Sydney.

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