Lithuanians in the News
27th July 2008
Lithuanian Pilgrims Take Part in World Youth Days 2008 in Sydney
Lithuanian pilgrims in front of St.Michael’s church in Stanmore.
Photo by Rita Baltušytė- Ormsby, courtesy “Mūsų Pastogė”.
Over 150 very enthusiastic, young pilgrims made the journey from Lithuania to Sydney for World Youth Days, 15 – 20 July 2008. With the group came14 priests and the Bishop of Šiauliai, Eugenijus Bartulis. The group also included a member of Lithuanian Parliament, Ramunė Visockytė. Prior to the World Youth Days in Sydney, a large group of them went to Melbourne, where they had an opportunity to meet up with Melbourne Lithuanians.
In Sydney most of the Lithuanian pilgrims were billeted at the St. Michael’s Parish in Stanmore, where they took part in three days of Catechesis (teaching) sessions, led by Bishop Bartulis. One of the pilgrims, Antanas Šutas, had the honour of serving at the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI. After the conclusion of the World Youth Days, Sydney Lithuanians had the opportunity to meet the Lithuanian pilgrims. They were welcomed at the Sydney Lithuanian Club on Tuesday evening, July 22, in a function organised by the President of the Sydney Lithuanian Community, Greta Savickaitė-Fletcher.
Further information: “Mūsų Pastogė” 23/07/08