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Polish Bishops Announce Patron Saints for World Youth Day 2016

Last edited 1st April 2015

Polish Bishops Announce Patron Saints for World Youth Day 2016

The Bishops of Poland released a letter last year with an update on the preparations for World Youth Day 2016, in which they announced that the Patron Saints for WYD2016 will be Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina!

The letter is only available in Polish at the moment, however with thanks to the WYD2016 Patron Facebook Page, here are some excerpts from the letter in English:

World Youth Day is to be held on July 2016 in Krakow, Poland. And, at the same time, the Polish Catholic Church will celebrate the 1,050 anniversary of its baptism.

Pope Francis has invited the young people to Krakow, where the spring, the font of the Divine Mercy, is located; a very effective medicine for the wounded hearts of the youth.

Next to the Holy Father, we come today, dear young people, to invite you all to the encounter with Jesus. He is the answer to all questions including the most difficult ones.

Do not be concerned that, in the great community of the Church, you might lose your individuality. The Church of the young is colourful, diverse and fascinating, and there is a place in it for all of you. You are a very important part of it.

World Youth Day in KraKow can be for you the beginning of a great friendship with Christ. You shall also experience that only love can free us, can heal us and that Mercy is the only hope and salvation. Saint Faustina and Saint John Paul II, the faithful apostles of the Divine Mercy, experienced it in the same way.

The patron Saints of this International Encounter of the Youth to be held in Poland are Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina.

To these two Apostles of the Divine Mercy, we are entrusting the Church in Poland that is getting ready for the World Youth Day in 2016, and above all the young people. Let us pray that through the intercession of these two Saints, you will all experience the healing power of the message that from Krakow -Lagiewniki is spread to the whole world.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
Saint Faustina, pray for us.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us.

In this time of preparation for the World Youth Day, we bless you all.

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