Vocations Expo Attracted 2,500 Pilgrims per Hour
Benedict XVI told pilgrims at the Youth Day closing Mass not to fear a call to the priesthood or consecrated life. One statistic indicates his words fell on fertile soil: An average of 2,500 pilgrims an hour visited the Vocations Expo in Sydney.
Some 70,000 international pilgrims took part in Days of the Diocese throughout Australia during the week leading up to World Youth Day.
Those who didn’t make it to Australia were tuned in to what was happening.
The World Youth Day Web site received over 500,000 unique users from Saturday, July 12, to Sunday, July 20, with the biggest spike in hits occurring Thursday, July 17, when the Pope made his official arrival in a boat-a-cade.
Online streaming received over 250,000 visits during the event period.
Top countries watching online streaming included the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Spain and Germany. And 2,000 media professionals were accredited for the event.
Perhaps the most important statistic has to do with the people designated to intercede for the Sydney event from their places in heaven.
There were 10 World Youth Day Patrons:
Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux,
Blesseds Peter To Rot,
Pier Giorgio Frassati,
Teresa of Calcutta,
and John Paul II
and the Virgin Mary, under the title of
Our Lady of the Southern Cross.