By most accounts, World Youth Day in Australia and the corresponding Days in the Diocese program in Australia and New Zealand last month were successful. But the unexpected disappearance of several young pilgrims from Myanmar and India left their youth ministers upset and surprised.
The Asian church news agency UCA News published a commentary on the five youths who failed to return to Myanmar. The author expressed sadness over the selfishness of those who stayed in Australia illegally.
The NZ Catholic, a client of Catholic News Service in New Zealand, covered the missing Indian pilgrims who failed to leave New Zealand after the Days in the Diocese program. Several stayed to work as illegal migrants on farms.