Posted on 10:36pm on September 28th 2015
Message of Pope Francis for World Youth Day 2016

Big news - Pope Francis' official message for World Youth Day Krakow 2016 has been released! The theme for the Holy Father's message is: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). The Pope posed a question for young people: “Do you realize how precious you are to God, who has given you everything out of love?” Read the message in full here.
Posted on 7:58am on September 22nd 2015
WYD2016 Blog 7 - Aussie Pilgrim Accommodation - AGH Uni

In this video we explore the accommodation for Australian pilgrims at AGH University which is a 15 minute walk from Blonia park and we discover some mole hills! Watch the WYD 2016 Blog 7 video here.
Posted on 1:39am on September 21st 2015
Flashback Video: WYD Rio 2013

In this interview Archbishop Anthony Fisher talks to Fr Tom Rosica after the Australian Gathering at WYD 2013 Rio. Speaking about the success of World Youth Day Sydney and what an event like World Youth Day does for the global Church. Watch the interview here.
Posted on 10:54pm on September 14th 2015
80th Anniversary of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Did you know that this week marked the 80th anniversary of the Divine Mercy Chaplet? The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a beautiful devotion based on the visions of Jesus by Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska - one of the Patron Saints for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow! Join WYD2016 pilgrims from around the world and learn how to pray the Chaplet this week.
Posted on 12:26am on September 11th 2015
Locations for Days in the Diocese Assigned Biblical Names

The Polish dioceses that will be participating in 'Days in the Diocese' in the lead up to World Youth Day next year have been assigned biblical names such as “Peter’s Boat”, “Jordan”, “Mount Moria” and "Kingdom of God" in order to highlight important events from Salvation History. The dioceses have chosen names that not only testify to God’s love, which the Lord has shown throughout the history of Salvation, but also that somehow relate to the history of the particular diocese.
Posted on 4:30am on September 4th 2015
WYD2016 Blog 6 - A Pilgrim's Guide to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska in the south of Poland is a place of prayer and reflection as you walk around the 42 chapels featuring meditations and Stations of the Cross. You can reflect on God's love and Mercy as you walk through the tranquil landscape and meditate on Christ's Passion. Get to know this beautiful pilgrimage site in preparation for WYD2016! Watch this video blog for more.
Posted on 6:42am on September 3rd 2015
Electro-Dance Version of the WYD2016 Song Released!

Yes you read that right... an electro-house dance version of the official World Youth Day 2016 Song "Blessed Are the Merciful" has been released. Check it out!
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.

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