Notre Dame Welcomes World Youth Day Cross and Icon to Fremantle

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 8-5-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



Students from the Fremantle Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia will have the opportunity to participate in one of the largest Catholic events held in Australia by hosting the World Youth Day (WYD) Cross and Icon in May.

The 3.8 metre high, 40 kilogram WYD Cross and the Icon are travelling through every diocese, in every state, in Australia before eventually finishing their journey at the 21st WYD which will be held in Sydney from 15 - 20 July.

More than 500,000 people are expected to take part in at least one World Youth Day event from 15-20 July 2008. The event - hosted by the Catholic Church, but open to all - will mark the first visit to Australia by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and the Cross and Icon are an invitation from him to the world’s youth to attend this significant and symbolic event.

Students from CBC Catholic College will hand over the Cross and Icon at a special ceremony to be held at the Fremantle Town Hall. They will then be taken by a procession from the Town Hall through the streets of Fremantle to Notre Dame’s Malloy Courtyard in Mouat Street.

Recently a public photographic competition was held as part of the on-going Notre Dame celebrations of WYD. The competition invited photographers to submit photographs which explored the meaning of the cross, and how as photographers, they visualise it. The photographs will be available for viewing after the procession.

Notre Dame staff, students and the local community, family and friends are all welcome to take part in this event.

Handing over of WYD Cross and Icon Date: 21 May 2008

Location: Fremantle Town Square (in front of Myers)

Time: 4pm

Photographic Exhibition

Date: 21 May 2008

Location: Student Common Room (Next to the Malloy Courtyard)

Time: 5 pm

WYD Event contact: Father Greg Watson 9433 0551 or email gwatson@nd.edu.au Media contact: Rebecca Cassidy 08 9433 0611, 0408 959 138