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S+L BLOG: World Youth Day



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
On Saturday, July 29, 2016, Pope Francis presided over the prayer vigil during the World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Below, you can find the full text of his prepared remarks during the vigil at Campus Misericordae: Dear young people, good evening! It is good to be here with you at this Prayer Vigil! ...read more
Story and Photos by James Ramos Maria offered us a place inside the bush. Suddenly, this sweet Polish lady moved so that we could find a place along the fence line to see Pope Francis in his Popemobile and we now found ourselves between a big green bush and a fence on Straszwskiego Street. Maria ...read more
On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Pope Francis celebrated Mass with priests, religious, consecrated persons and seminarians at St. John Paul II’s Shrine in Krakow during World Youth Day Krakow 2016. Belo, you will find the full text of his prepared address: The words of the Gospel we have just heard (cf. Jn 20:19-31) speak to ...read more