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Security paramount for WYD pilgrims say Church leaders

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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

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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 »

Anonymous donor helps PNG pilgrims from remote parish get to World Youth Day

PNG pilgrims

TEN young people from a remote parish in Papua New Guinea are heading to Poland for World Youth Day, thanks to the generosity of a large donation from a reader of The Catholic Leader. In last week’s edition, Brisbane school teacher and missionary Sarah Bunting, described the remoteness, poverty and hardship of young people from Alotau, and their struggle to ... Read More »

Krakow 2016: What happens after World Youth Day?

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THROUGHOUT the planning and preparation that goes into organising pilgrimages for WYD2016, a lot of focus has been on how best to  prepare and support pilgrims throughout the WYD pilgrimage experience. It is just as essential, however, to consider the question of what happens after WYD and how we can support pilgrims after this “mountain top” experience?  In 2014, Archbishop ... Read More »

WYD 2016: Four things you need to know about Poland

Poland

FIFTY World Youth Day pilgrims across Brisbane gathered at Our Lady of Victories, Bowen Hills, for one of our final formation sessions last week.  The pilgrims participated in Polish Mass, followed by a Q&A session.  The Q&A panel included Bowen Hills parish priest Society of Christ Father Andrzej Kolaczkowski, Brisbane Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland Brian Kilmartin, and Bowen ... Read More »

We head for Poland as pilgrims, not tourists

World Youth Day

TWO million pilgrims are set to pass through Poland’s city of churches with one mantra – not to be labelled tourists.   Among the millions, there will be 26 young people from Brisbane walking through Krakow in July, proudly wearing the badge of pilgrims.  For the first time in World Youth Day history, the number of pilgrims will out-number the ... Read More »

Pilgrims gather together to prepare for World Youth Day

World Youth Day

PILGRIMS from a number of Brisbane groups who are travelling to World Youth Day this year gathered together recently for a night of formation with representatives from the Sydney Jewish museum.  The Brisbane Catholic Education Religious Education team organised for Dr Ari Lander and Yotam Weiner from the museum to travel to Brisbane to present on Holocaust education in schools ... Read More »

Brisbane missionary helps PNG Catholics head to Poland

PNG pilgrims

BRISBANE teacher and missionary Sarah Bunting believes her love of the Church and the words of Pope Francis are guiding her next big challenge.  She has started raising money to send 15 youths from Alotau in Papua New Guinea to World Youth Day in Poland in July. Two years ago Sarah, a woman with a zest for life and a ... Read More »

World Youth Day is not just a mountaintop experience

Poland

WHEN someone embarks on a World Youth Day pilgrimage, the availability of daily Mass, adoration, communal prayer, reconciliation and praise and worship adds up to create countless opportunities for a tangible encounter with Christ.   After spending a week with millions of Catholics from all over the world praising God, who wouldn’t want to come home on fire for their faith? ... Read More »

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