• “Jesus, source of mercy”

    Today is completely dedicated to the WYD Vigil, a long encounter with the youth at Campus Misericordiae; however, it is also the day of Lagieniwcki, saint Faustina Kowalska site. The Pope walked through the Mercy Door at the new shrine of Divine Mercy, and he celebrated the sacrament of reconciliation with eight young people speaking in Italian, French and Spanish. Before entering the shrine the pope greeted the thousands of youth who had been waiting for hours his arrival since the early morning. Later the pope arrived at the John Paul II Center where he celebrated mass with the clergy, women and men religious, consecrated people and Polish seminarians. To all of them he repeated the great appeal of Saint John Paul II: “Open the doors!”  “Yet, in our lives as priests and consecrated... Read more
  • Bring to all the flame of your faith

    Awaiting the arrival of pope Francis, young people from all over the world opened officially the XXXIst World Youth Day on Tuesday, 26 July 201. They have arrived in Cracow a few days before and during the morning they had time for national meetings, visits to the city’s center and the splendid exhibition “Mary Mater Misericordiae” located at the Cracow National Museum. On the 26th everybody heard the horrifying news happened in a church of Rouen( France), all were shocked and prayed. Msgr Lebrun, archbishop of the French city, present at Cracow left immediately in order to be close to the victims and their relatives. “I leave here-he said- hundreds of young people who are the future of humanity. I would like to ask them not to give up in front of violence and to become apostles of the... Read more
  • “Launch ourselves in the adventure of Mercy”

    The second day of Pope Francis trip top Poland started with an “unscheduled event”.  Early in the morning , before leaving for Czestochowa, the pope went to visit Cardinal Franciszek Macharski who is very ill; he was successor of Woytila in Cracow, and he is loved deeply by the polish people. The trip continued toward the Holy Shrine of Czestochowa, where the Holy Father stayed silently in front of the image of the Black Madonna for a long time.  Then he concelebrated Mass with all the 130 Polish bishops and numerous priests; Polish civil authorities were also present and some hundreds of thousand faithful.  The thanksgiving mass was celebrated on occasion of the 1050th anniversary of  Poland baptism. During mass a step covered by a red carpet caused a moment of... Read more
  • "Integral Ecology & Laudato Si. Youth as protagonist for change"

    XXXI WORLD YOUTH DAY Krakow 2016   “INTEGRAL ECOLOGY & LAUDATO SI’ Youth as protagonists for change”   JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY- 25 JULY 2016   The conference will be held in Krakow (Poland) in the lecture hall of Jagiellonian University on 25 of July 2016 starting at 9:00, at the opening of the 31st World Youth Day. It was proposed as a result of the conference “Guardians of Creation” organized during WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. The promoters and organizers are:             -The John Paul II Foundation for youth/ Pontifical Council for the Laity             -The Pontifical Catholic University of John Paul II of... Read more
  • PRESS RELEASE Message of Pope Francis for the 31st World Youth Day 2016

    PRESS RELEASE Message of Pope Francis for the 31st World Youth Day 2016 The Pope's message to young people in preparation for the 31st World Youth Day taking place in 2016 focuses on the theme: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). This is the third message that Pope Francis has addressed young people. Like the first two, it is dedicated to the theme of the Beatitudes, and it is intended to accompany the youth of the world on the long and challenging spiritual journey to Krakow where in July next year World Youth Day will be held. WYD is a precious heritage left by St. John Paul II, and over the past thirty years it has become a powerful instrument of evangelisation of young people and a wonderful opportunity for dialogue between the Church and the younger... Read more
  • “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7)

    Message of Pope Francis for the 31st World Youth Day 2016 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7) Dear Young People, We have come to the last stretch of our pilgrimage to Krakow, the place where we will celebrate the 31st World Youth Day next year in the month of July. We are being guided on this long and challenging path by Jesus’ words taken from the Sermon on the Mount. We began this journey in 2014 by meditating together on the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3). The theme for 2015 was: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). During the year ahead, let us allow ourselves to be inspired by the words: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). The... Read more

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