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S+L BLOG: World Youth Day



*This post was originally published on the CCCB. (CCCB – Ottawa)… Young pilgrims from all over the world are expected in Krakow, Poland, July 25-31, 2016, to participate in the31st World Youth Day (WYD). Krakow is the city of Karol Wojtyla – Saint John Paul II – who in his early years as priest, university ...read more
On July 29, during his Apostolic Journey to Poland for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Pope Francis will visit the former concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. He will walk through the main gate with the grotesque Nazi motto “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Will Set You Free) and will meet with some survivors in ...read more
Last week we learned that World Youth Days are a meeting of the hierarchical Church with the Lay Church and it happens under the Cross. The first two informal gatherings took place on the eve of Palm Sunday in 1984 and 1985. St. John Paul II made World Youth Days official in 1986: They take ...read more
Last week I shared a bit of my WYD experience and how this event can (and does) change so many people’s lives. But many are not familiar with the history of World Youth Days nor with the reasons behind it. During the pontificate of Paul VI, the Church was trying to figure out how to ...read more
Often, when I speak to young people, I’ll start by asking where they are from: Is there anyone here from Ottawa or Quebec? How about anyone from the States? This usually gets the groups cheering as I call out their home town. But when I ask, “who is from the Kingdom of Heaven?” not everyone ...read more
Vatican City, 9 June 2016 – The programme for the Holy Father’s apostolic trip to Poland, on the occasion of the celebration of the 31st World Youth Day from 27 to 31 July this year, was published today.   The Pope will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 2 p.m. and will arrive at the ...read more
At the conclusion of the Solemn Mass for Palm Sunday, Pope Francis led the faithful in the recitation of the Angelus. In brief remarks ahead of the Marian prayer, the Holy Father greeted all those taking part in the ceremony, including those watching and listening by means of television, radio, or other means of communication. ...read more
Check the new Move WYD (Mów ?DM) video with Fr. Jonathan Kalisch O.P. Fr. Jonathan talks about how he found his vocation in Kraków, memories from previous WYD, the Knights of Columbus and their mission during WYD, St. John Paul II and the people who were healed thanks to St. Faustina. The interview was recorded ...read more
The official video for the hymn for World Youth Day Krakow 2016 was released today. Below you will find the full song in Polish along with the English translation. English translation of the WYD2016 hymn, “Blogoslawieni milosierni” (“Blessed are the Merciful”): Blessed Are the Merciful I raise my eyes to the mountains, from where help ...read more
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7) Dear Young People, We have come to the last stretch of our pilgrimage to Krakow, the place where we will celebrate the 31st World Youth Day next year in the month of July. We are being guided on this long and challenging path by ...read more