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Merciful like the Father

WYD welcome

I HAD someone ask me recently: “When will they organise a World Middle-Aged Day so that I can see the pope?” At first we laughed about it, and then I assured this person that just because they didn’t qualify as “youth” anymore, doesn’t mean they can’t get involved with the World Youth Day story. If there is one thing everyone ... Read More »

Cathedral youth counting down

WYD16 Gala Fundraising Dinner.

Youth and young adults (18-35 years) throughout Brisbane are brimming with excitement towards the World Youth Day 2016 Pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland.   The Young Adult Ministry of St Stephen’s Cathedral is already counting down the days until this momentous spiritual celebration! Heralding the 30th WYD Anniversary, hosted by Pope Francis in the homeland of WYD founder Saint Pope John Paul ... Read More »

Honouring the mother of God

THE Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, Poland, is one of the biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.  Home to the beloved icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the monastery is also the national shrine of Poland and the centre of Catholic life in Poland. It will be high on the list of World Youth Day pilgrims when they ... Read More »

Days in the Diocese

WORLD Youth Day 2008 in Sydney saw thousands of international pilgrims make their way up to Brisbane for the Days in the Diocese week.  Days in the Diocese is held in the week prior to the World Youth Day festival and provides a chance for pilgrims to spend a week living in the homes of families from their host parish. ... Read More »

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

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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 »

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