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In the footsteps of St John Paul II

WYD founder

WE are now just under a year away from the start of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Every time I speak to a parish or Youth Group about World Youth Day, there is one particular aspect about the pilgrimage that I just can’t help but be excited about – the opportunity to explore the home of Saint John ... Read More »

WYD ‘open to all’

Polish pilgrims with the WYD cross and icon

THE Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty. Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland, which is hosting the international celebration, said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this ... Read More »

WYD changes hearts

Living authentically: World Youth Day 2016 Brisbane liaison officer Zach Woodward is ready to make the pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland, next year.

WORLD Youth Day Sydney helped Brisbane’s Zach Woodward find answers to his faith questions and start living an “authentic Catholic life”. As a Year 12 student in 2008, Mr Woodward travelled down to Sydney for a WYD pilgrimage with the Albany Creek parish. “It was at that point in my life that I had a lot of questions about what ... Read More »

Preparing for WYD in Krakow

POLISH Catholic youth Dawid Struzik and Zachary Mroczek are hoping to memorise the Polish lyrics to the official World Youth Day Krakow theme song before their big pilgrimage next year. Błogosławieni miłosierni, or “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”, debuted in Krakow following the country’s traditional Magi processions marking the Solemnity of the Epiphany, on January 6. ... Read More »

English translation of WYD Krakow 2016 Hymn

WYD 2016 logo

The Catholic Leader is pleased to provide an English translation of Błogosławieni Miłosierni (“Blessed are the Merciful”), the official hymn for World Youth Day Krakow 2016. Blessed Are the Merciful I raise my eyes to the mountains,from where help will comefrom the Lord, because Heis a merciful God! When we are lost, He looks for us,so as to take us in His ... Read More »

Queensland youth to unite in Krakow

QUEENSLAND’S bishops and youth ministers are close to finalising plans for “an enriching spiritual experience for young people” headed to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. The tentative pilgrimage includes visits to surrounding countries with a spiritual focus on St John Paul II, the WYD’s founder and Polish citizen. The package also includes a post-WYD retreat in a European country ... Read More »

Divine Mercy is focus of official logo, prayer of World Youth Day 2016

WYD 2016 logo

THE official logo and prayer for World Youth Day 2016 were unveiled in the event’s host city – Krakow, Poland –by the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. The Vatican released the information on the same day, July 3. The logo and prayer focus on the theme chosen by Pope Francis from the Gospel of Matthew: “Blessed are the merciful, for ... Read More »

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