Welcoming Ceremony Address :
The Australian Pilgrims are now on retreat at Zakopane, in the Polish mountains where they will take a few days of retreat after the World Youth Day experience.
In the woods of the mountains the pilgrims built an altar celebrating Mass next to a babbling brook. Under the setting sun they worshiped Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.
Listen to their stories and recounts of the prayerful and life changing WYD pilgrimage.
Pope Francis: “In this world at war, we need fraternity”.
Young people from all countries of the world experienced unity in Christ that transcended all borders and all political problems. It's good to be reminded of how big this Catholic family is!
Witness the WYD fire in our latest blog from Poland.
After the exciting, loud, exhausting but prayerful World Youth Day week in Krakow, Sydney pilgrims have travelled to Zakopane in the mountains of Poland.
Here they will be spending quiet reflective time in prayer and celebrating Mass outdoors in the woods. They have even built an altar out of wood to celebrate Mass, JPII style.
These mountains in Poland are the same ones that Saint Pope John Paul would hike to go on retreat, he too would celebrate Mass outdoors surrounded by God's creation with youth from his Archdiocese.
Another Aussie pilgrim group, just as creative, piled their bags to create an altar to celebrate Mass on the same mountain that John Paul II used to hike.
Saint Pope John Paul II loved the outdoors embracing nature and sports. He had a youthful spirit even in his old age that's why he connected so well with the youth.
On the 12th World Youth Day held in Paris Pope John Paul's homily concluded with the following advice
"Dear young people, your journey does not end here. Time does not come to a halt. Go forth now along the roads of the world, along the pathways of humanity, while remaining ever united in Christ's Church!"
Continue to contemplate God's glory and God's love, and you will receive the enlightenment needed to build the civilization of love, to help our brothers and sisters to see the world transfigured by God's eternal wisdom and love.
Forgiven and reconciled, be faithful to the Baptism which you have received! Be witnesses to the Gospel! As active and responsible members of the Church, be disciples and witnesses of Jesus Christ who reveals the Father! And abide always in the unity of the Spirit who is the giver of life!-
Paris, France, 1997
John Paul II, we love you!!
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