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?
At the heart of this celebration, which seems so festive, are the words we heard in the hymn of the Letter to the Philippians: “He humbled himself” (2:8). Jesus’ humiliation.
On Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, we remember how much the Son of God loves us. He loved us to Death, and to His Resurrection which gives us hope. Pope Francis challenges us to ask ourselves "Who am I?" this week. Who am I before Jesus... am I like Judas? or like the Disciples who slept while Jesus was suffering? Am I like Pilot, washing my hands from those in need? Am I like Simon of Cyrene, a comfort of Christ? Watch this video reflection as we begin the holiest week of the year... Holy Week.
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)
After I finished my confession and walked out, I couldn’t stop thinking about this woman and why she wept. I couldn’t stop thinking about what her confession meant to her.
Did you know that World Youth Day, takes place at a local level on Palm Sunday every year? So on this coming Palm Sunday, the youth of the world will celebrate World Youth Day 2015!
The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary's fiat - her willing acceptance of God's holy plan. Watch this video reflection for more on today's Solemnity. Happy feast day!
When the voices and prayers ring out in Kraków, Poland for World Youth Day 2016, one group of young adults from Broken Bay will be singing strong….knowing that Australians throughout the celebrations are singing their version of the WYD2016 theme song.
How does an event like World Youth Day impact on a young person’s life? Every pilgrim has a different story….. Fr Paul Kim, St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish Warnervale, was a young seminarian in South Korea back in 2008 when he won a writing competition that earned him a ticket to World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney, Australia. After graduating high school in 2001, Fr Paul entered the seminary at 19 years of age. Whilst searching for God in his vocation and practising his faith, he still felt he was struggling because of his young age and was looking for a ‘turning point’ in his journey.
The blood of St Januarius liquefied in the presence of a pope for the first time since 1848 on Saturday. The blood of the patron saint of Naples, which is normally solid, partially liquefied after Pope Francis kissed the relic during his day trip to the southern Italian city.
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