WYD HUB 2016
Posted on 12:24am on August 28th 2015
Get to Know the Message of Divine Mercy for WYD2016!

The message of Divine Mercy, a devotion close to the heart of Saint John PaulII, will play a big part in the Catechesis that pilgrims will receive during World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. In this video, Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC, Director of the Association of Marian Helpers, discusses the Divine Mercy message. This is a great video to share with WYD pilgrims as they prepare spiritually for their pilgrimage.
Posted on 11:35pm on August 25th 2015
WYD2016 Blog 5 - Vincent Haber Reflects on Visiting Our Lady of Czestochowa

Vincent Haber from the Archdiocese of Perth reflects on visiting Our Lady of Czestochowa for the second time in ten years. Vincent recommends that pilgrims attending World Youth Day bring prayer intentions and requests to Our Lady of Czestochowa to ask her to intercede on your behalf to her Son, Jesus. Watch the video here.
Posted on 12:57am on August 21st 2015
WYD2016 Blog 4 - A Pilgrim’s Guide to Czestochowa

Our Lady of Czestochowa is beautiful image believed to have been painted on a cedar table top from the house of the Holy Family by St Luke the Evangelist. The icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has been intimately associated with Poland for the past six hundred years and holds a very special place in the hearts of Polish Catholics. Pilgrims who will be attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow can ask Our Lady of Czestochowa for help and guidance during the pilgrimage. Check out this video blog for more!
Posted on 12:53am on August 21st 2015
Remembering WYD Czestochowa 1991

Last week marked 24 years since the end of 6th World Youth Day, which was hosted in Poland in the city of Czestochowa. The theme for WYD1991 was taken from St. Paul's letter to Romans: "You received the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out 'Abba, Father!'" (Rom 8, 15). Find out more here!
Posted on 7:51am on August 14th 2015
Feast of St Maximillian Kolbe, Polish Martyr, 14 August

Polish priest, Saint Maximillian Kolbe, was born on January 8, 1894 in Poland. During WWII, he provided shelter for 2,000 Jews whom he hid from Nazi persecution in his friary.On 17 February 1941, Kolbe was arrested by the Gestapo and was transferred to Auschwitz, where he gave up his life for another man. Let us pray that through the intercession of this great Polish Saint for all those planning to attend World Youth Day in Poland next year. Saint Maximillian Kolbe, pray for us.
Posted on 12:27am on August 5th 2015
The Poor Must Not Be Excluded from WYD, says Polish Bishop

The Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty. Visit this article to read more.
Posted on 11:50pm on August 4th 2015
WYD2016 Blog 3 - Wow! A Polish Pope!

In this video we explore what it meant for the Polish people to have one of their own countrymen elected as Pope. We hear from Fr George Kolodziej SDS, who was a young boy living in Poland at the time who describes what he remembers on the historic day when Cardinal Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope John Paul ll.
Posted on 2:28am on August 3rd 2015
GRACEFEST - One Year to WYD2016! Catechesis with Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

On Friday 31 July 2015, the Archdiocese of Sydney's Catholic Youth Services hosted GRACEFEST, a praise and worship night celebrating one year until World Youth Day 2016. Here is Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP"s Catechesis address from GRACEFEST 2015.
Posted on 1:31am on August 3rd 2015
WYD Testimony - Elizabeth Pasion

In this WYD testimony Elizabeth Pasion shares her World Youth Day experience in Rio de Janeiro. Watch the video here.
Posted on 11:24pm on July 28th 2015
45,000 Pilgrims Already Registered for WYD

Just one day after Pope Francis became the first pilgrim to register for World Youth Day, the official WYD office has confirmed that over 45,000 young people from around the world have already registered online! Watch this video for more.
Posted on 3:56am on July 27th 2015
WYD2016 Blog 2 - A Pilgrim's Guide to Warsaw

In this video we show a snapshot of Warsaw with information about famous landmarks, the history of Warsaw and Pope John Paul ll's 1979 Vigil Mass for Pentecost in Victory Square which led to the collapse of communism in Poland.
Posted on 11:50pm on July 26th 2015
Pope Signs Up for World Youth Day Using iPad

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first person registered for next year's World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, using an iPad to sign up while addressing thousands of pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter's Square!
Posted on 12:06am on July 26th 2015
WYD Krakow 2016: One Year to Go!

Sunday 26 July 2015 marked one year to go until World Youth Day 2016, which will take place in Krakow, Poland! The official WYD office celebrated this landmark date by launching online registrations worldwide. Click here for more.
Posted on 11:53pm on July 19th 2015
WYD2016 Blog 1 - How do you Pronounce Krakow?

How do you pronounce Krakow, The World Youth Day 2016 host city? This video will help you get your pronunciation just right. Watch the video here.
Posted on 12:52am on July 17th 2015
WYD Office Shares the Story of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

The World Youth Day 2016 team in Krakow, Poland, has released a video on the life and legacy of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, an inspirational young Saint who will inspire pilgrims as they prepare for World Youth Day next year. Watch the video here!
Posted on 11:19pm on July 15th 2015
WYD16 Krakow - Australia's Familiarisation Pilgrimage Highlights

In June 2015, youth coordinators and teachers representing different states and territories in Australia travelled on a Familiarisation Pilgrimage hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference – Office for Youth to prepare for WYD2016 in Krakow. Xt3.com filmed the familiarisation pilgrimage, operated by COSMOS and will be sharing short YouTube videos in the lead up to World Youth Day 2016. Watch the video of the famil highlights here.
Posted on 12:11am on July 8th 2015
Archbishop Fisher reflects on Blessed Frassati & WYD Sydney

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP was the coordinator of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia (he was a Bishop at the time). In this interview with the World Youth Day office in Krakow, Archbishop Anthony reflects on why the body of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was brought to Australia for veneration by WYD pilgrims.
Posted on 1:14am on July 3rd 2015
World Youth Day's #B>H Project - To BE is More Than To HAVE

The #B>H Project, which stands for "to BE is more than to HAVE," is a proposed spiritual program released by the official World Youth Day office in Krakow, to help pilgrims prepare for WYD2016 next year. Visit this article to find out how you can take part in the program.
Posted on 12:50am on July 2nd 2015
Discover Krakow, Host City for WYD2016

The official World Youth Day 2016 website has released a very cool interactive feature to help to explore some of the exciting sites that pilgrims can visit during their pilgrimage to Krakow! Click here for more.
Posted on 2:19am on June 25th 2015
Get to Know a Polish Martyr - Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko

Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko would not deny his faith under the communist regime in Poland despite threats of torture and punishment. Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, pray for us and pray for our pilgrimage to your homeland for World Youth Day 2016! Click here for more.

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