A new tour operator has been appointed for travel to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP has announced.
Bishop Fisher, the Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Youth, said that Cosmos tour company will coordinate travel arrangements for an estimated 2,000 Australians making the pilgrimage to World Youth Day in 2016.
Having facilitated a six-month process of informing, identifying and selecting a company to support the Australian pilgrimage to WYD 2016, the Australian Bishops selected Cosmos as the company which will manage more than 30 groups.
'I am happy to announce the appointment of Cosmos as our Tour Operator for WYD 2016 in Krakow as it provides young people and the Church in Australia a great opportunity to prepare and visit the homeland of St Pope John Paul II and encounter Pope Francis through the WYD experience,' said Bishop Anthony.
Cosmos has extensive experience in offering affordable tours across Europe and the world, and features a range of pilgrimage experiences. It is part of the Globus Family of Brands, one of Europe's largest touring companies, and has experience in both pilgrimages and in Poland.
'I know Cosmos will be of great assistance in managing the logistical needs of our pilgrimage in partnership with my brother bishops and priests, their local youth ministers and the Bishops Office for Youth. The company has an established pilgrimage operation and provide comprehensive infrastructure to support us on this important faith journey.'
Cosmos local offices are based in Sydney and headed by the Managing Director of Australasia, Stewart Williams.
'Cosmos is committed to the success of Australia's pilgrimage to WYD 2016. We understand not only the logistical importance of this event, but the spiritual impact for the young people and the whole Church in Australia. We have already begun preparations and are looking forward to the journey ahead,' he said.