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WYD 2016: Four things you need to know about Poland

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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 »

Weipa pilgrim prepares to get a glimpse of Pope Francis with funding from Bishops

Teresa Lemaire

NORTH Queensland Catholic Teresa Lemaire is one step closer to catching “a glimpse” of her favourite pope after receiving a sponsorship to attend the World Youth Day in Poland. The 27-year-old from Weipa, Far North Queensland, was one of 12 young Catholics to receive $1000 from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference youth office and World Youth Day committee to support their pilgrimages ... Read More »

Brisbane education staff to witness the diversity of the Church at World Youth Day

Educators prepare for World Youth Day

 AN excited group of young Brisbane Catholic Education pilgrims are in the final stage of preparations for the journey to the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. The 20 pilgrims, a mixture of school-based and Brisbane Catholic Education Office staff, will join more than 3000 young Australians on the “journey to the City of Mercy”, as it’s become known ... Read More »

We head for Poland as pilgrims, not tourists

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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

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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

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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 »

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 »

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