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Australia's Young People Prepare for WYD 2016

Last edited 17th November 2014

With just over 18 months to go before Poland's ancient city of Krakow hosts World Youth Day in 2016, Catholic Youth Services (CYS) is holding a special WYD information evening for Sydney pilgrims on Wednesday, 26 November.


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The Life of St. Faustina, Polish Saint & WYD Patron

Last edited 13th November 2014

On October 5, 1938, a young religious by the name Sister Faustina (Helen Kowalska) died in a convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow, Poland. She came from a very poor family that had struggled hard on their little farm during the terrible years of WWI. Sister had had only three years of very simple education. Hers were the humblest of tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or the vegetable garden, or as a porter.


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WYD2016 Launches Online Store for Official Merchandise

Last edited 5th November 2014

Attention WYD Groups, WYD Group Leaders, WYD Clergy, WYD Past/Present/Future Volunteers, WYD Alumni, WYD Supporters, Diocese, Youth Ministry Coordinators, and WYD Fanatics!


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WYD Office Releases Very Cool Bags for Pilgrims!

Last edited 30th October 2014

The World Youth Day 2016 office has released a whole range of bags that will be distributed to pilgrims attending WYD in Krakow - you can view the full range here!


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Spotlight on WYD2016 Volunteers in Krakow

Last edited 22nd October 2014

There are already many stories of people from around the world, as well as young people from Poland, who are giving up their time to be volunteers for the next international World Youth Day, which will take place in Krakow in 2016. By 2016 there will be more than 20,000 volunteers!


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WYD2016 Krakow - Will You Be There? Promo Video...

Last edited 15th October 2014

World Youth Day is an experience you will never forget! WYD2016 in Krakow, Poland is less than 2 years away... and you can already feel the excitment and energy. Will you be there?


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Polish Bishops Meet to Discuss World Youth Day 2016

Last edited 8th October 2014

This week, the catholic Bishops of Poland have started a series of plenary sessions, and amoung their topics of discussion, they will talk about World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow!


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Official Hymn for World Youth Day Chosen

Last edited 26th September 2014

The official hymn for World Youth Day Krakow 2016 has just been chosen. The Local Organizing Committee WYD Krakow 2016 together with the Pontifical Council for the Laity selected a song Blessed the merciful by Jakub Blycharz as an official hymn for World Youth Day Krakow 2016. Congratulations to Jakub!

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I PRAY FOR PEACE: A Call from World Youth Day 2016

Last edited 22nd September 2014

I PRAY FOR PEACE is an event organised by World Youth Day Krakow 2016 in preparation for the World Day of Peace which will take place on 1 January 2015. Young people from around the world are invited to pray for peace as our brothers and sisters in areas of conflict face injustices, brutal attacks, and immense suffering - we cannot stay indifferent.


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WYD Cross & Icon Visits Ukraine as Pilgrims Pray for Peace

Last edited 17th September 2014

For the first time in history, the World Youth Day Cross & Icon visited Ukraine... a country which is in the grip of unrest and conflict. The Pilgrimage of WYD Cross and Icon in Ukraine was accompanied by a prayer for peace, and to coincide with this visit, the organisers of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow started a campaign of prayer for peace in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and all over the world on 9 September.


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