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WYD Panama 2019: Homily from Opening Mass
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Read the inspiring words of welcome from Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, OSA, Metropolitan Archbishop of Panama, to the young people of the world. ...read more
World Youth Day Panama is taking place this week, and today we begin our coverage here on Perspectives Daily. As we try to get to know the event’s host country, Deacon Pedro offers a reflection on t ...read more
WYD Panama 2019: When to Watch <strong>***UPDATED***</strong>
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S+L will be broadcasting events from WYD in Panama LIVE on our television network and on our WYD Central website. Check out the schedule here! ...read more
In preparation for WYD Panama 2019, read this interview with Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa of Panama City on his experience of the church in Panama. ...read more
WYD Panama: How a small, lay, missionary, and poor church will evangelize the universal Church
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Deacon Pedro offers his perspective on the evangelical potential of Panama as World Youth Day is about to begin in the tiny Central American country. ...read more
Deacon-structing the Twelve Days of Christmas
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As we approach the final days of the Christmas season, Deacon Pedro explores the "12 Days of Christmas" and presents an intriguing Panamanian version in honour of WYD 2019. ...read more
The international version of the official theme song for WYD Panama 2019 has been released! Check out the video and lyrics for "Let Your Will Be Done". ...read more
The preferential option for the youth in the <br> Diocese of Hamilton
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On Saturday, May 26, close to six hundred young people 12-17 years old spent a full day at Bishop MacDonell Catholic High School for the third annual Youth Rally. The theme for this year’s rally was ...read more
How World Youth Day Changed My Life
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As we approach World Youth Day, read more about how this event shapes the lives of young people who attend. Read reflection by Isabel Correa: How World Youth Day Changed my Life. (From S+L 2017 Magazi ...read more
Today and every year on February 22nd, the Catholic Church marks the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. This feast day brings to mind the mission of teacher and pastor conferred by Christ upon Peter whi ...read more
Pope Francis’ Message for the XXXIII World Youth Day
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Read the Message of the Holy Father Pope Francis for the XXXIII World Youth Day, which will be taking place on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018. ...read more
World Youth Day Poland 2016: A slight taste of what Heaven might be like
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I am extremely grateful to God for such a faith-filled, joyful pilgrimage experience with three million people from all over the world. Turbulent heat waves, rain, thunderstorms, and the sweat of thre ...read more
You can’t talk about the Catholic Church’s contribution to Canadian history without talking about the 2002 WYD that took place here in Toronto 15 years ago. ...read more
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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE THIRTIETH WORLD YOUTH DAY

We continue our spiritual pilgrimage toward Krakow, where in July 2016 the next international World Youth Day will be held. As our guide for the journey we have chosen the Beatitudes. Last year we reflected on the beatitude of the poor in spirit, within the greater context of the Sermon on the Mount. Together we discovered the revolutionary meaning of the Beatitudes and the powerful summons of Jesus to embark courageously upon the exciting quest for happiness.
This year we will reflect on the sixth beatitude: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8).


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Mr. Marcin Bosacki
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada
"I would like to encourage all of you to experience the rich Polish history, heritage (sometimes dramatic) and the culture which is closely associated with the Church and the Catholic faith. We just celebrated 1050 years since the Baptism of Poland!

I welcome everybody who is coming to World Youth Days in Krakow later this month. You will enjoy it – Krakow is beautiful and Poland is waiting for you!"
— From the Ambassador's visit to Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation on July 4th, 2016.
OFFICIAL THEME SONG FOR WYD 2016

At the end of World Youth Day Rio, Pope Francis announced the theme for the next WYD in Poland would be “blessed are the merciful” . On January 6, 2015 the Archdiocese of Krakow released the official hymn of their upcoming WYD ...
PRAYER FOR WYD KRAKOW 2016

“God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman”.
We entrust to you in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation:
guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today
and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits
from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.

Heavenly Father,
grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt,
hope to those who are discouraged,
love to those who feel indifferent,
forgiveness to those who have done wrong
and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love
that you have enkindled within us
become a fire that can transform hearts
and renew the face of the earth.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us.
Saint Faustina, pray for us.