WYD adopts solidarity pricing scheme

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World Youth Day 2008 participants from the poorest countries will pay the lowest registration fees while participants from industrialised nations such as Australia will pay the most in a solidarity pricing scheme adopted for the world event.

Catholic News Service reports that the Pontifical Council for the Laity has approved the novel pricing structure which adapts the fees to the wealth of each pilgrim's home country.

"The pricing structure ensures that pilgrims from more affluent nations, including Australian pilgrims, share in a reasonable part of the costs of WYD08 and support pilgrims from less-affluent nations," an announcement on the WYD08 website says.

Organisers said the four-tiered registration fee system was based on national income classifications developed by the World Bank.

Pilgrims from Australia, the US, Canada and Western Europe, but also Poland, Mexico and several Caribbean countries will be asked to pay higher registration fees than pilgrims coming from middle- and low-income countries.

Pilgrims from countries in the South Pacific that have been classified either as "lower middle" or "low income" - such as Fiji, East Timor and Papua New Guinea - will be offered the steepest discount.

Meanwhile, Coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher told the Catholic Weekly that the final WYD08 Mass "will be the biggest Sunday morning service Australia will ever see".

The Mass will be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at Randwick racecourse on the morning of Sunday 20 July 2008.

"We have been working on comprehensive plans to ensure we are ready to open our doors to the world in July 2008," he said.

Several major announcements are expected to be made in the next few months, including sites for major events, significant business partnerships and details of registration and pilgrim packages.


SOURCE
World Youth Day to base fees on wealth of pilgrim's country (Catholic News Service, 11/1/07)
Final WYD Mass will be ‘biggest ever seen here’ (Catholic Weekly, 14/1/07)
WYD08 registration packages

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