700 Catholic students from Australia made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in August on their way to Madrid to take part in World Youth Day.
In August 2011, 700 young Catholic students made a pilgrimage from Australia to the Holy Land on their way to World Youth Day which was held in Madrid. World Youth Day, a youth-oriented Catholic Church event initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1986, took place from August 15 until the 21st 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Catholic Youth from around the world travelled to Madrid to take part in it.
Amongst the 700 pilgrims touring the Holy Land was Cardinal George Pell who led one of the groups. During the 9 day visit the groups visited Nazareth Village, had a mass on the Sea of Galilee on a wooden replica of the Jesus boat, visited Mt. Tabor and toured around Jerusalem, visiting sites such as, Church of the ‘Pater Noster’, Garden of Gethsemane, Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, followed the Stations of the Cross along the actual Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and many more Christian sites in Jerusalem and the country.