Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee for the Laity, Bishop Peter Connors of Ballarat, said that during the Australian bishops’ conference last month, the bishops heard many stories from young people about the celebrations in Rome.
“The clear message is that faith among young people is alive and it is exciting, healthy and adventurous,” he said. “The winning photos clearly reflect that sort of energy.”
Catholic Youth Ministry in Melbourne has also released a book containing the testimonies of a number of pilgrims who journeyed to Rome.
The book entitled Testimonies to the Glory of God: World Youth Day Pilgrimage AD 2000 also contains the stories of five priests and four bishops, including Archbishop George Pell of Melbourne.
Among the pilgrims was a film crew which made a film entitled Believers which follows the travellers from Australia through Israel to Rome.
Archbishop Pell formally launched the book and film on December 15 at the Cardinal Knox Centre in Melbourne.
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