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S+L BLOG: World Youth Day



I was not physically in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016. A series of scheduling practicalities made it necessary for me to stay in Toronto, anchoring Salt + Light’s coverage of WYD 2016. Still, there were moments when the line between living WYD and living it vicariously through my colleagues on the ground was blurred. ...read more
Written by: Katie VanLeeuwen A couple of days ago, while waiting in line for some Polish pierogies, my fellow mission team members and I decided to do as the pilgrims do and strike up a conversation with the people who happened to be standing beside us. In this case, we got to meet Bill and ...read more
At the end of the Angelus Address, last Sunday, at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow, Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in 2019 in Panama City, Panama. As we begin preparations for this exciting next WYD, Salt + Light’s Charles LeBourgeois had the chance to speak with Archbishop José Domingo ...read more
Written by Joseph Ruane The word ‘Catholic’ means ‘Universal’, yet one cannot fully appreciate the universality of the Church until one attends World Youth Day. The vast crowds, multitude of flags and prayerful silences of a Mass with one million or more in attendance are unimaginable until you live and breathe this surreal gathering of ...read more
Written by Ian Meaden  “The lights of the pilgrims outnumbered the stars in the sky.” That is how my friend and fellow pilgrim, Ambrose described the Vigil evening at Campus Misericordiae. Now, I want you all to do me a favour, read ahead the next few of sentences, then close your eyes. Picture in your ...read more
On Sunday, July 31, 2016, Pope Francis met with all of the volunteers that made World Youth Day Krakow 2016 possible. The Holy Father set aside his prepared text and delivered the following remarks: Before returning to Rome, I wanted to meet you and, before all else, to thank each of you for the effort, ...read more
On Sunday, July 31, 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass for the World Youth Day Krakow 2016 in Poland at Campus Misericordiae. Below, find the full text of his prepared homily: Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of ...read more
Watch Pope Francis preside over the World Youth Day Prayer Vigil at Campus Misericordiae on Saturday evening, July 30, 2016. ...read more
Watch the celebration of the USCCB Mass at the Mercy Centre which took place on Saturday, July 29, 2016 in Krakow, Poland during the World Youth Day 2016. ...read more
Pope Francis visited the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki on Saturday, July 29, 2016, during his visit to Poland for World Youth Day Krakow 2016. Watch the video of his visit above.   ...read more