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Pilgrimage visits Port Arthur

19/05/2008

The World Youth Day pilgrimage around Tasmania made its way to the Port Arthur Historic Site last Saturday, for a day of celebration and reflection.

Around eighty people gathered in the old convict church, where the Archbishop of Tasmania, Adrian Doyle, celebrated mass.

A procession then formed to carry the World Youth Day Cross to several significant locations around the Historic Site. Historical and cultural overviews offered by Port Arthur guides were interspersed with moments of quiet reflection and prayer.

The pilgrimage around Tasmania is part of a national pilgrimage leading to World Youth Day, which will be attended by Pope Benedict XVI in Sydney from 15-20 July.

Pilgrimage visits Port Arthur

Archbishop Doyle celebrates mass in the convict church

Pilgrimage visits Port Arthur

The Cross is carried from the church

Pilgrimage visits Port Arthur

The pilgrimage enjoyed fine autumn weather

Pilgrimage visits Port Arthur

The procession paused around the Site for moments of reflection