WYD2016 Blog

Audio and Text of Pope Francis' WYD 2016 Homilies and Addresses

Last updated at 2016-08-08 10:42AM

Welcoming Ceremony Address :

Mass at Jasna Gora Homily:

Way of The Cross Address:

Prayer Vigil Address:

Final Mass Homily:

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Sydney Catholic School Pilgrims in Zakopane

Last updated at 2016-08-08 4:17AM

Sydney Catholic school pilgrims were among the 900 people to attend the evening Sydney Archdiocesan Mass celebrated by Bishop-elect Richard Umbers at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Zakopane.

After a final morning of reflection and a short, steep tram ride to view the Zakopane area and Carpathian mountains from higher ground, pilgrims made their way to the church.

The gathering was an extension of the community spirit that has been a hallmark of the World Youth Day pilgrimage, concelebrated by each of the bus group chaplains.

In his homily Bishop-elect Umbers alternated between humour and seriousness as he urged pilgrims to persevere with prayer, and to share their World Youth Day experience with friends calling Australians in general “an unbelieving lot”.

“In these days we’ve lived with people who have a lot of faith,” he said.

“In this nation of Poland we’ve seen people who really believe. I was very taken when we went to Auschwitz, a place that would seem to be a real challenge to the faith …and they still believe. That’s the kind of faith we can learn from the Polish people, and bring back to Australia.

“You’re going to go back and talk about all the wonderful things you’ve seen and done – that you saw the Pope and it was awesome, and we sang and there was great music – and for many of you you’re going to feel a bit alone.

“We need to be humble in our prayer, and give Jesus the opportunity [to intervene]. Sometimes he grants straight away – we ask and we receive. Other times he holds back so we learn to be patient.

“Persevere with your friends, pray, and bring them on the journey with you.”

Before and after the mass, About Catholic Schools asked pilgrims to reflect on their faith journey. Read their responses from August 12.

This blog was used with permission from the Sydney Catholic Schools blog which you can read here. https://aboutcatholicschools.wordpress.com/wyd16/

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WYD Blog #8 Aussie Pilgrims in the Zakopane Mountains

Last updated at 2016-08-05 12:30AM

The Australian Pilgrims are now on retreat at Zakopane, in the Polish mountains where they will take a few days of retreat after the World Youth Day experience.

In the woods of the mountains the pilgrims built an altar celebrating Mass next to a babbling brook. Under the setting sun they worshiped Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.

Listen to their stories and recounts of the prayerful and life changing WYD pilgrimage.

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Blog 7 Highlights & Take Home from WYD

Last updated at 2016-08-04 6:44AM

Pope Francis: “In this world at war, we need fraternity”.

Young people from all countries of the world experienced unity in Christ that transcended all borders and all political problems. It's good to be reminded of how big this Catholic family is!

Witness the WYD fire in our latest blog from Poland.

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Aussie pilgrims celebrate mass JPII style

Last updated at 2016-08-04 3:26AM

After the exciting, loud, exhausting but prayerful World Youth Day week in Krakow, Sydney pilgrims have travelled to Zakopane in the mountains of Poland.

Here they will be spending quiet reflective time in prayer and celebrating Mass outdoors in the woods. They have even built an altar out of wood to celebrate Mass, JPII style.

These mountains in Poland are the same ones that Saint Pope John Paul would hike to go on retreat, he too would celebrate Mass outdoors surrounded by God's creation with youth from his Archdiocese.

Another Aussie pilgrim group, just as creative, piled their bags to create an altar to celebrate Mass on the same mountain that John Paul II used to hike.

Saint Pope John Paul II loved the outdoors embracing nature and sports. He had a youthful spirit even in his old age that's why he connected so well with the youth.

On the 12th World Youth Day held in Paris Pope John Paul's homily concluded with the following advice

"Dear young people, your journey does not end here. Time does not come to a halt. Go forth now along the roads of the world, along the pathways of humanity, while remaining ever united in Christ's Church!"

Continue to contemplate God's glory and God's love, and you will receive the enlightenment needed to build the civilization of love, to help our brothers and sisters to see the world transfigured by God's eternal wisdom and love.

Forgiven and reconciled, be faithful to the Baptism which you have received! Be witnesses to the Gospel! As active and responsible members of the Church, be disciples and witnesses of Jesus Christ who reveals the Father! And abide always in the unity of the Spirit who is the giver of life!-

Paris, France, 1997

John Paul II, we love you!!

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