While much attention has been given to how the U.S. is preparing for the pilgrimage as a country, each of the dioceses must prepare its own group.
The Catholic Sun in Phoenix has run two stories so far and staff writer Ambria Hammel, who will be traveling to Australia, has started a blog about her experiences. One story looks at the preparations that are necessary to attend. The other focuses on cultural exchanges that will take place at World Youth Day, a piece similar to a blog post Nancy Wiechec wrote last month.
In Washington, the Catholic Standard covered a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Donald Wuerl for the pilgrims who will be traveling from the archdiocese.
Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh recently held a formal sendoff for World Youth Day travelers at the St. Paul Cathedral. Pittsburgh Catholic wrote this piece outlining the itinerary of the diocesan group that will include Bishop Zubik.