Theme Song Sought for Youth Day ’08

Competition Under Way in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia, OCT. 8, 2006 ( Sydney’s World Youth Day organization, in search of a theme song for the 2008 event, launched an all-Australia songwriting competition.

Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, opened the competition during his visit to this city, along with the youth day coordinator, Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fischer of Sydney.

“I invite all musically inclined Australian songwriters to turn their talents to this creative and holy cause, which will help us discover and reveal the spiritual and pastoral content of the WYD experience for all,” said Archbishop Rylko.

The theme of the Youth Day is “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witness” (Acts 1:8).

The compositions, that include lyrics and music, must meet the following criteria: They must be inspired by the theme of World Youth Day; speak to young people; be an instrument of evangelization that is easy to learn and sing; written in English; and include a verse in each of the event’s other official languages: Spanish, French and Italian.

The competition’s winner will win a trip to Rome for two, where the anthem will be launched worldwide on Palm Sunday, next April 1.

Entries in the competition close this Nov. 30.

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