Posted on 12:00am on November 24th 2015
Waiting for World Youth Day

Check out everything you need to know about Krakow in the new video series "Czekamy na SDM" (Waiting for WYD) direct from the WYD team in Krakow!
Posted on 11:55pm on November 23rd 2015
WYD Minute - Episode 06 - Krakow 2016

Here is the sixth episode of the WYD team's video series called "WYD Minute." In this episode, we hear about the Pope's recent meeting with the President of Poland in the lead up to the Holy Father's trip to Poland for World Youth Day. We also receive an update on the latest versions of the WYD anthem "Blessed are the Merciful."
Posted on 1:38am on November 20th 2015
What is Happiness? What did Sister Faustina Think?

Sister Faustina in her Diary - Divine Mercy in My Soul talks about what happiness means to her and what the goal of her life was. In this video filmed in the streets of Krakow young people are asked what happiness means to them and theor responses are compared to the writings of Saint Faustina. Watch the video here.
Posted on 9:58pm on November 15th 2015
WYD2016 Blog13 - A Pilgrim's Reflection on the Divine Mercy Image

Robert Haddad reflects on the symbols and imagery of the Divine Mercy Image and speaks of how we can make a daily habit of praying the simple but beautiful prayer - Jesus I trust in You. Watch the video blog here.
Posted on 10:16pm on November 9th 2015
M2016 - The Youth of WYD: Meet Bawer

M2016 is a new project from WYD Krakow 2016 and shows the lives of young people who are planning to attend World Youth Day in Krakow next year - their work, dreams, sorrows and especially their faith in Christ - all that in their daily life. In this episode, we meet Bawer! Bawer is the happy husband of Grażynka, recently graduated in Theology a polish patriot and journalist - and an advocate for people with disabilities. He will be in Krakow next year for World Youth Day. Will you?
Posted on 11:02pm on November 8th 2015
WYD Minute - Episode 05 - Krakow 2016

Here is the fifth episode of the WYD team's video series called "WYD Minute." This week's video reflects on the recent celebration of All Saints day in Krakow. We also receive an update on the planned Vocations Centre for WYD2016, as well as a reminder to follow World Youth Day on social media!
Posted on 5:21am on November 6th 2015
WYD2016 Blog12 - Pilgrim's Guide to the Sanctuary of JPll

The sanctuary of Pope John Paul ll is located only a short walk from the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow. It is also known as the "Have no Fear John Paul ll Centre". The sanctuary is full of incredible artwork, even the bronze doors tell the story of JPll's pontificate. Learn more in the latest WYD2016 video blog on Xt3!
Posted on 9:56pm on November 5th 2015
M2016 - The Youth of WYD: Meet Agnieszka

M2016 is a new project from WYD Krakow 2016 and shows the lives of young people who are planning to attend World Youth Day in Krakow next year - their work, dreams, sorrows and specially their faith in Christ - all that in their daily life. In this episode, we meet Angieszka! Angieszka is a volunteer in Africa and today she is volunteering for Salesian missionaries services. She will be in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016. Will you?
Posted on 11:30pm on November 2nd 2015
WYD Minute - Episode 04 - Krakow 2016

Check out the fourth episode of the WYD team's video series called "WYD Minute." Every week a new video with info and news about World Youth Day Krakow 2016 will be released. In this episode, we get a snapshot of the beautiful city of Krakow in Autumn, an update on payment systems for registrations, news about the release of online reflections specifically for WYD2016 volunteers, as well as a call for each one of you to share your world Youth Day updates with the WYD team in Krakow!
Posted on 3:06am on November 2nd 2015
WYD2016 Blog11 - A Pilgrim's Guide to Divine Mercy Shrine

Located in the District of Lagiewniki in Faustyny street, The Divine Mercy Sanctuary is the resting place of Saint Faustina Kowalska. It is here that pilgrims can see the miraculous image of Jesus Christ with rays of red and white coming out of his Sacred heart. This Divine Mercy image was that which Sister Faustina saw in her visions and which Jesus asked her to have painted so that it could be venerated by the whole world. Watch the latest video blog here.
Posted on 9:19pm on October 29th 2015
World Youth Day is Not Tourism, It's a Pilgrimage: Interview

Father Joao Chagas is responsible for the Pontifical Council for the Laity's section for the youth. He says that Pope Francis will ask the youth something very special: "For the Jubilee of Mercy, we know that the Pope also will ask young people from throughout the world, as Pope John Paul II already has, to take the call for mercy back to every country after they return.” World Youth Day has changed many young people's lives, however as Father Chagas notes, it is not a holiday - it is a pilgrimage. Watch this interview for more.
Posted on 9:19pm on October 28th 2015
Sydney WYD Pilgrims - Here is a Great Way to Fundraise

The Development and Fundraising Office through the Charitable Works Fund, has developed a new low-priced Raffle to benefit participating parishes and agencies, as well as World Youth Day pilgrims! You can order and sell tickets and keep 100% of sales and this could be used for any of your agency projects. Click here for the details.
Posted on 11:30pm on October 26th 2015
WYD Minute - Krakow 2016. Episodes 1-3 Now Available

"WYD Minute" is a new video series released by the Local Organising Committee for World Youth Day 2016, with weekly updates and news from the WYD team in Krakow. Episode 1 has an update on the national pilgrimage with the WYD Cross and Icon, as well as the filming of the official video for the WYD Hymn. In Episode 2, we receive news about the released of the official promo video for WYD2016, as well as an update on the number of registrations for world Youth Day so far. And in Episode 3 we receive an insight into how the WYD office celebrated of the feast day of Pope John Paul II, patron of World Youth Day. Stay tuned in coming weeks for more WYD Minute updates from Krakow!
Posted on 11:37pm on October 21st 2015
WYD2016 Blog10 - Pope John Paul ll's Impact on Youth

Anita Parker, Director of Perth Catholic Youth Ministry explains the impact Saint Pope John Paul ll has had on youth.
Watch the video here.
Posted on 12:36am on October 19th 2015
Getting to Know a Polish Martyr - Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko

Today is the feast day of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish martyr would not deny his faith under the communist regime in Poland despite threats of torture and punishment. On one occasion, when Blessed Jerzy refused to crush his rosary beneath his heel he was cruelly beaten and placed in solitary confinement for a month. In 1984 he was murdered for continuing to preach against the communist regime and their ongoing persecution of the Church. Blessed Jerzy, pray for us.
Posted on 11:11pm on October 18th 2015
WYD2016 Video Blog 9 - Saint Kinga, Polish Princess and Saint

Saint Kinga, patroness of Poland and Lithuania, was a Polish princess who is recognised as a saint in the Catholic Church. During her reign, Kinga got involved in charitable works such as visiting the poor and helping the lepers. When her husband died in 1279, she sold all her material possessions and gave the money to the poor. She was canonised on 16 June 1999 by Pope John Paul II. St Kinga of Poland, pray for World Youth Day pilgrims. Watch our latest WYD2016 Video Blog for more!
Posted on 12:47am on October 15th 2015
Sydney Pilgrims: WYD2016 Registration Now Open!

Attention Sydney World Youth Day pilgrims... here is an important message from Catholic Youth Services, Archdiocese of Sydney: "REGISTRATION for Sydney Pilgrims is NOW OPEN! We are finally taking the next step on our journey to the City of Mercy." Click here for details.
Posted on 10:29pm on October 13th 2015
A Young Brazilian Sells Chocolate for WYD

Selling candies and other foods is already something common amongst Brazilian pilgrims, who dream of attending WYD in another country. However, a 27 years old young man from Santo Andre, in Sao Paulo, has done something a little less common: he created a complete line of truffles inspired by the greatest event for young Catholics in the world. Read more here.
Posted on 9:31pm on October 11th 2015
WYD Krakow 2016 - New Official Promo Video!

The official World Youth Day team in Krakow, Poland has released a new promo video for WYD2016! Check it out here on Xt3... share it with your friends on social media, and start getting excited. Are you ready?
Posted on 9:18pm on October 11th 2015
WYD2016 Blog 8 - A Pilgrim's Guide to Auschwitz

Our latest World Youth Day video blog is a moving reflection from three Australians who travelled to Poland during a recent WYD2016 familiarisation trip. In this video, they share their thoughts and offer some advice for pilgrims who will be visiting Auschwitz before or after the World Youth Day week.

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