WYD HUB 2016
Posted on 4:52am on May 20th 2015
Four Pilgrimage Options for Sydney's WYD2016 Pilgrims

On Tuesday 19 May 2015 the Archdiocese of Sydney launched it's official pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow! Catholic Youth Services, the Archdiocese of Sydney youth office, will be offering four different and exciting pre WYD pilgrimage options leading to WYD in Krakow. Here is a summary of the four pilgrimage options.
Posted on 9:28pm on May 19th 2015
"Catechesis on Mercy" by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP - Sydney WYD2016 Launch

Archbishop Anthony's inspiring Catechesis on Mercy from last night's WYD2016‬ launch in Sydney is already available to watch on YouTube. This video was recorded by Xt3.com, with thanks to Catholic Youth Services for hosting such a great event... bring on World Youth Day in Krakow! ‪#‎GetExcited‬ ‪#‎BeMerciful‬
Posted on 1:47am on May 15th 2015
Reflections from the American WYD Delegation Visit to Krakow

“In the midst of the preparations for World Youth Day, this September, the Holy Father will be visiting the United States… We hope that, in some way, our farewell to the Holy Father when he leaves us in September will just be an “arrivederci,” which would mean: ‘See you again in Krakow,’ as our young people will be the first who will see him a second time. This is very exciting for us.” This was said during a visit to Krakow by a member of the United States delegation for World Youth Day. Click here for a reflection following the American delegation visit to Krakow in preparation for World Youth Day 2016.
Posted on 5:52am on May 11th 2015
What Does Pure in Heart Mean? A Youth Resource

"Blessed are the pure in heart" is the theme for World Youth Dat 2015, which was celebrated on Palm Sunday this year at a local level. Click here for a video resource featuring young people from the Archdiocese of Melbourne, who unpack what it means to be "pure in heart". What a great resource for your World Youth Day preparations!
Posted on 3:35am on May 8th 2015
Chaplet of Divine Mercy Video

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 3pm every day during World Youth Day 2016 so get to know the prayer and get familiar with the words by watching this helpful video. The chaplet is sung with a slideshow of images and artwork representations of Jesus to help you meditate on the words of the prayer.
Posted on 1:44am on May 7th 2015
Sister Faustina: The First Saint of the New Millennium

Sister Faustina was canonised by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000 the first Sunday after Easter, on Divine Mercy Sunday. She was honoured by becoming the first saint of this millenium, giving great emphasis to the Divine Mercy Devotion in our modern times. The World Youth Day office in Krakow has shared John Paul II's homily from Saint Faustina's canonisation ceremony on their website as a resource for pilgrims. Click here to see the homily in full!
Posted on 7:02am on April 29th 2015
WYD2016: In the Footsteps of John Paul II

Take a look at this short video reflecting on the words of Pope John Paul II about the city of Krakow - the host city for World Youth Day 2016! Saint John Paul II, pray for pilgrims planning to travel to World Youth Day!
Posted on 12:22am on April 27th 2015
New Date for Sydney's WYD2016 Launch - 19 May

Due to severe weather in Sydney last week, the Archdiocese of Sydney's World Youth Day Launch has been rescheduled for Tuesday 19 May at 7:30pm, St Mary's Cathedral College Hall. See you there!
Posted on 11:12pm on April 23rd 2015
World Youth Day Encounter with Christ – Justin Mourits

There have been many sacrifices in world history, but one sacrifice changed history of the entire world! Hear Justin Mourits unpack sacrifice and his own journey and how he encountered Jesus at a World Youth Day Event in Sydney 2008. Watch his testimony here.
Posted on 5:39am on April 23rd 2015
Saint John Paul II – 10 Great World Youth Day Quotes

World Youth Day was founded in 1984 by Saint John Paul II. 30 years later, World Youth Day has travelled the globe, and young people everywhere encountered the spirit of John Paul II. As we prepare for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland - the land of John Paul II - here are some of the most popular quotes said by this beloved Saint during World Youth Days.
Posted on 5:03am on April 22nd 2015
Venues for the WYD Main Events in Kraków Announced

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Kraków, has announced the locations for some of the main events for World Youth Day 2016 in Kraków next year. The Opening Mass will be held in Blonie Park, and will be celebrated by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. This site will also host the official Welcome Ceremony for the Holy Father as well as the Stations of the Cross. The Saturday Vigil and the WYD Final Mass will take place in Brzegi, which is on the border of Kraków and Wieliczka. Click here for more details.
Posted on 1:00am on April 17th 2015
Get to Know the WYD2016 Patron Saints

The official Patron Saints for World Youth Day 2016 are Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina. How much do you know about the lives and legacies of these two great Polish Saints? Find out here.
Posted on 4:47am on April 14th 2015
A Very Cool Downloadable WYD Prayer Card!

The World Youth Day office in Krakow, Poland has released a downloadable Prayer Card with the official WYD2016 Prayer. Print it off and share it with your World Youth Day groups and your parish or school community. What a wonderful way to spread the World Youth Day spirit - click here!
Posted on 1:23am on April 10th 2015
‘Take me to World Youth Day’ Sweepstakes Begins on Divine Mercy Sunday

Pilgrims from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend have started fundraising for World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, the home of St. John Paul II. Read more about their efforts here.
Posted on 1:45am on April 8th 2015
WYD2016: What is the Message of Divine Mercy?

The Message of Divine Mercy will play a big part in the pilgrimage towards World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. It is a message from God full of great love for the people of today’s world, written down by St. Faustina in her Diary. Visit this article for the story!
Posted on 4:57am on April 2nd 2015
New Look WYD2016 Krakow Website Launched

The World Youth Day Office in Krakow has released a new-look website for pilgrims planning to attend WYD2016 in July next year! Check it out at www.krakow2016.com/en/
Posted on 3:13am on April 1st 2015
Australia's Pilgrimage to WYD2016 Krakow - Promo Video

Dear young friends in this generation the Lord is counting on you! Are you ready to say yes? Pope Francis is calling the young people of the world to gather in Krakow, the place where St John Paul II called home. Will you answer the call? Take a look at the official Aussie Pilgrimage Promo Video for World Youth Day Krakow 2016!
Posted on 11:46pm on March 29th 2015
Pope Invites Young People to WYD2016 during Angelus Address

"Dear young people, I urge you to continue your journey both in your dioceses and in your pilgrimage across the continents, which will carry you all next year to Krakow, the homeland of St. John Paul II, who first initiated the World Youth Days." Click here for the full text of Pope Francis’ Angelus address following the Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square on 29 March 2015.
Posted on 11:09pm on March 29th 2015
World Youth Day 2016 in Poland will offer 'Message of Mercy'

A new airport, improved road and rail links, a fleet of dream buses and "Youth Bible" are among features projected for the Catholic Church's 14th international celebration of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in 2016. "It's still 16 months to go, but the planning is well advanced," said Msgr. Bronislaw Fidelus, a co-organizer of the event scheduled for July 26-Aug. 1. Click here for some updates on World Youth Day 2016 - which is expected to attract more than 2 million pilgrims!
Posted on 10:34pm on March 29th 2015
Blessed are the Merciful - Unofficial English Translation (Australian) of the WYD2016 Song

In Krakow, on the 6th of January (the feast of the Epiphany) the first performance of the official hymn of the World Youth Day Krakow 2016 was released. The hymn is titled “Blessed the merciful” – inspired by the theme of the WYD Krakow 2016 announced by the Holy Father, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt, 5,7). This video is the first ever performance of "Blessed are the Merciful" - The Unofficial English Translation (Australian), which was performed at the Diocese of Broken Bay World Youth Day launch event on Friday 27 March 2015.

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