The opening ceremony of the much-anticipated Mini World Youth Day (MWYD) took place on 6 December at the Durban International Conference Centre.
Television personality and radio presenter, Danilo Acquisto steered the programme.
A moment of silence was observed by Auxiliary Bishop of the Durban Archdiocese, Bishop Barry Wood.
Justin Nanak and Thembeka Dube gave a live rendition of theme song ‘The Mighty one has done great things for me’. This was accompanied by a liturgical dance.
In his welcome remarks and words of encouragement, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier said: “The theme for this gathering is taken from the St Luke’s gospel which represents the greatest experience that any woman or man of God can have.”