On the way to WYD 2016!

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They will start World Youth Day (WYD 2016)! Who goes there ?

“We must transmit to the world this fire of mercy. I entrust this duty to the Church in Krakow and Poland, and to all the faithful of the Divine Mercy, who will come here from Poland and from all over the world. Be witnesses of Mercy! St. John Paul II, 2002. An immense Feast of Faith in which young people from all walks of life and from all countries meet and experience the love of God.

So here we are in Poland, in Krakow which will begin the 31 th World Youth Day next week! An opening Mass presided over by Cardinal Stanislaus Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, will take place on 26 July to launch the WYD. During this mass will be presented the symbols of the WYD, that is to say, the cross (en route since last April) and the icon of the Virgin Populi Romani.

The following mornings will be devoted to catechesis with the bishops. A youth festival with concerts, shows, exhibitions, sports tournaments … will also be in full swing during the afternoons.

The following highlights:

Thursday, July 28 : welcoming ceremony of Pope Francis
Friday, July 29th: C hemin de Croix
Saturday, July 30: vigil with the Pope
Sunday, July 31: sending mass where will be announced the next WYD.

Instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1986, they are an annual event that allows every young person to meet other young people from all over the world . Every 2 or 3 years, the WYD is a gathering in a big metropolis.

This year it is Poland and more specifically Krakow that welcomes young people. In 2013, WYD took place in Rio de Janeiro.

John Paul II, who had always paid special attention to young people, had sent them on the evening of his election a strong message: ” You are the future of the world and the hope of the Church “.

In 1984, he invited young people to gather in Rome to celebrate a special jubilee for youth. This first meeting brought together nearly 300,000 young people. On this occasion, John Paul II entrusted them with the Cross of the Holy Year, which later became the WYD Cross. In 1985, declared the International Year of Youth by the UN, 450,000 young people participated in a rally in Rome on a theme from Peter’s first letter: “Always be ready to give an account of your hope. “(1P 3, 15).

The success of these two large gatherings encouraged John Paul II to formalize the “World Youth Day”.

And you? Are you there? You could not but are on the lookout for all the info?

John Bang