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World Youth Day 2016: From North Queensland to the city of mercy

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BRIGHT and early one morning in July, 35 young and not so young Townsville diocese parishioners gathered at Brisbane International Airport to begin their pilgrimage to the Heart of Mercy and World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.  The diocesan group was made up of 22 from Mount Isa and 13 from the Townsville area, all of them looking forward to ... 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 »

Gold Coast newlyweds honeymoon at World Youth Day

  NEWLYWEDS Alice and Chris Williams didn’t opt for the quiet or peaceful resort getaway for their honeymoon. Instead, the Gold Coast couple were compelled to share their first few weeks as husband and wife with millions of Catholics. The couple registered as pilgrims for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, travelling with the Brisbane Archdiocese, during their engagement. ... 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 »

‘His final sacrifice summed up a whole lifetime’

FR Jacques Hamel sacrifice was perfectly united to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that he was celebrating at the altar when he was killed, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. The priest was murdered in northern France, after being taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass on July 26. Archbishop Coleridge said beyond the horror ... 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 »

Security paramount for WYD pilgrims say Church leaders

WYP Pilgrims

CHURCH leaders are praying for peace as millions of pilgrims make their way to World Youth Day in Poland, while security experts are examining ways to allay heightened security fears surrounding the global event. “At this time of instability in Europe, we pray for those who have been affected by the recent events and in the words of Pope Francis, ... Read More »

Krakow 2016: Brisbane Archbishop asks WYD pilgrims to ‘cross the road’ like the Good Samaritan

WYD pilgrims

YOUNG people making a pilgrimage to Krakow this month are a “summons” to the entire Church to ditch the “bad systems” which encourage a merciless heart, Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. Commissioning more 70 pilgrims at a Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral on July 10, Archbishop Coleridge said the parable of the Good Samaritan, which was the weekend’s Gospel reading, exemplified ... Read More »

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