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Music festivals have nothing on the splendour of World Youth Day

  WHILE some of us are reminiscing on the recent Splendour in the Grass festival last weekend, Brisbane Catholics are revving up for the biggest Catholic youth festival in the world, World Youth Day Panama. This year marks 10 years since Aussies welcomed Pope Benedict XVI on our shores for World Youth Day in Sydney. Like the experience of young ... Read More »

Pope Francis signs up for his third World Youth Day

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has signed up to pray with an expected 500,000 young people, including pilgrims from Brisbane, for the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama. While Pope Francis registered for the youth gathering after praying the Angelus on February 11, 2018, the Holy See only confirmed his presence in Panama on July 9. The Pope will arrive in Panama on ... Read More »

WYD 2019: Natural beauty will be on show during Brisbane pilgrimage to Panama

Island of Escudo Veragus

THE Archdiocese of Brisbane has a strong tradition of offering a “Days in the Diocese” experience, which is a local experience that immediately precedes the World Youth Day week itself, as a part of our pilgrimage itinerary. In January 2019, we are planning to take part in this experience again, this time with the Diocese of Santiago in Verguas, Panama.Verguas ... Read More »

Brisbane invites pilgrims to World Youth Day Panama in January

Panama pilgrims receive the WYD Cross and Icon

I REMEMBER going to Mass as a teenager and looking around my parish thinking, “Am I normal?” As one of the few young people at my parish, I could count on one hand the total number of other teenagers at Mass on Sundays. The idea that I would someday celebrate my Catholic faith with thousands of other young people, seemed ... Read More »

WYD pilgrims leave Krakow eager to be missionaries of mercy

THEY’RE exhausted, homesick and desperate for a shower, but Australia’s 3000 pilgrims are ready to heed Pope Francis’ call to get off the couch and “live lives of mercy”. Australia’s Catholics made their voices and flags known among the 356,000 registered WYD pilgrims from 187 countries who gathered in Krakow last week. Pilgrims walked more than 100km during the WYD ... Read More »

Tiwi Island Catholic stirred by mercy at WYD

    INDIGENOUS Catholic Bon Gerard Timaepatua never heard the word mercy until the World Youth Day in Poland. Hailing from the Tiwi Islands, about 100km north of Darwin, Mr Timaepatua has spent the past three weeks on pilgrimage with a group of young people from the Northern Territory, Rockhampton and Brisbane. He has walked through the streets of Poland and ... Read More »

Pilgrims from around the world to speak language of love in Krakow

KRAKOW’S Archbishop invited more than 300,000 young Catholics to speak the “language of the Gospel” at the commencement of the World Youth Day in Poland. Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz welcomed more than 300,000 pilgrims from across the globe to the hometown of the World Youth Day founder, Pope John Paul II, at an opening Mass on Tuesday, July 26. Before the ... Read More »

Sydney youth make unforgettable journey with Cross and Icon

WYD cross and icon

SYDNEY pilgrims carried the gifts John Paul II offered to Catholic youth in an emotional procession before the World Youth Day Opening Mass in Krakow. Twenty young adults were chosen to represent Australia in a procession marking the final journey of the WYD Cross and Icon to Krakow, Poland. Pope John Paul II gave the Cross and Icon of Mary ... Read More »

PNG WYD pilgrims travel from “remote communities” to thank generous donor

PNG Pilgrims

A GROUP of 20 Poland-bound pilgrims from Papua New Guinea used a two-day stopover in Brisbane to say thank-you for supporting their journey to World Youth Day. For most of the pilgrims it is the first time travelling outside their remote communities.  Last month The Catholic Leader featured a story about the PNG pilgrims – the remoteness, poverty and hardship ... Read More »

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