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Monthly Masses in Kraków to Prepare for World Youth Day 2016

Last edited 1st October 2013

On the 16th day of every month, Holy Mass will be celebrated in the Holy Cross church in Kraków, inviting the people of the city to pray for World Youth Day 2016. The 16th day of the month was chosen to commemorate 16 October 1978, when Karol Wojtyla was elected as a Pope.


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Kraków - Where the 20th Century Happened

Last edited 19th September 2013

During the 20th century, Kraków and its people suffered terribly under both Nazi and communist occupation; the murders at Auschwitz took place a few dozen kilometers away; the city-without-God, Nowa Huta, was built outside Kraków as payback for the city’s failure to vote correctly in a bogus communist election.


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The Life of Sr. Faustina - Patron for WYD2016

Last edited 12th September 2013

Sr. Faustina, who initiated the apostolic movement of the Divine Mercy, is expected to be on the main patrons for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland. The world-famous apostle of the Divine Mercy was born on 25 August 1905 in the village of Glogowiec, in the Swinice Warckie parish (about 50 km outside the city of Lodz) as the third of ten children in the family of Marianna and Stanislaw Kowalski.


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Cardinal Dziwisz Invites Everyone to John Paul II’s City for WYD

Last edited 30th August 2013

It is with great joy that I received the message announced today by Pope Francis that the next World Youth Day will take place in Poland in the year 2016. It is a joy, an honour and a great responsibility for us. In that year we will also celebrate the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland.


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WYD Kraków's Link to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy

Last edited 22nd August 2013

The convent of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where Sr. Faustina Kowalska lived and died, was founded in Kraków in the second half of the 19th century. Sr. Faustina's mystical visions are celebrated every year on Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day very close to Blessed John Paul II's heart.


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Kraków - City of Blessed John Paul II, Friend of the Youth

Last edited 19th August 2013

Karol Wojtyla was born in Wadowice on 18 May 1920. He went to a lower secondary school there and in 1938 he and his father moved to Kraków where Karol Wojtyla began studying Polish philology at the Jagiellonian University. In 1942 he joined the clandestine studies at the underground seminary in Krakow, and was ordained a priest on 1 November 1946.


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Follow WYD2016 on Social Media!

Last edited 12th August 2013

Even though there are almost 3-years until World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków, Poland, you can start following the latest updates from the organising committee via social media! WYD Kraków already has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Ask, Flickr and YouTube. Click on the links below and start the journey to WYD2016...


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Kraków 2016: Great Hopes

Last edited 7th August 2013

The next World Youth Day will be held in Blessed John Paul II’s city, announced Pope Francis before praying the Angelus at the closing Mass of the 2013 Rio WYD. This will be the second World Youth Day in Poland, after Czestochowa in 1991.


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New WYD Kraków 2016 Website

Last edited 7th August 2013

WYD Kraków 2016 has already launched a website, where you can find more about the Archdiocese hosting World Youth Day and what to expect from WYD Kraków!


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Pope Francis: Next WYD in Krakòw, Poland 2016

Last edited 7th August 2013

It’s official: the next venue for World Youth Day celebrations will be Krakòw, Poland. Pope Francis made the announcement in Rio de Janeiro Sunday, the final day of his week-long pastoral visit to Brazil for WYD 2013.


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