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‘People may laugh at you because you believe in the gentle and unassuming power of mercy. But do not be afraid’

‘People may laugh at you because you believe in the gentle and unassuming power of mercy. But do not be afraid’

(Homily of Pope Francis at the Closing Mass of the World Youth Day celebrated in Krakow at Campus Misericordiae, July 31, 2016; with about 2 million young people in attendance.) Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of just such a meeting between Jesus and a […]

“He is asking you to leave a mark that brings life to your own history and that of many others”

  (Address of Pope Francis to some 1.5 million youth gathered for the WYD Prayer Vigil, July 31, 2016.) It is good to be here with you at this Prayer Vigil! At the end of his powerful and moving witness, Rand asked something of us. He said: “I earnestly ask you to pray for my […]

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Pope Francis presides at Holy Mass in conclusion of the 31st World Youth Day; at the end, the Angelus prayer Share

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Robbed Panama family shares WYD ‘mercy story’

KRAKOW, Poland, July 31, 2016 – A family from the country hosting the next World Youth Day (WYD) in 2019 shared their own mercy story of when they got robbed on their way to WYD Krakow. Rebeca, Rigoberto, and their baby Sarah Fernandez were robbed of their money, luggage, and phones at a train station […]

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Syrian WYD sharing: ‘No one can steal my joy’

KRAKOW, Poland, July 30, 2016– How can one stay sane let alone be happy in the face of non-stop death and violence? A Syrian delegate attending the World Youth Day (WYD) in this city shared how true joy is possible despite living in a war-torn country and how she is able to face each day […]

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Cubao hosts local WYD

CUBAO, Quezon City, July 30, 2016 – As hundreds of thousands of young people in Krakow, Poland prepare for the World Youth Day (WYD) Vigil with Pope Francis, the Diocese of Cubao joins in the celebration half way around the world today with a local WYD at the Holy Family Parish Kamias Quezon City. The […]

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Pope Francis participates in the Prayer Vigil with the young people who have come from around the world for the occasion of the 31st edition of World Youth Day. Share

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Pope Francis visits the Shrine of Divine Mercy, first in the Chapel of St. Faustina Kowalska and then, in the Sanctuary he hears confession of some young people. Share

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Pope Francis presides at the Eucharistic celebration with Priests, Men and Women Religious, Consecrated and Polish Seminarians Share

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Syrians’ WYD prayer intention: peace

KRAKOW, Poland, July 29, 2016 – Despite the persecution of Christians, tensions, and violence in their home country, a group of 16 Syrian nationals made their way to this city to celebrate World Youth Day (WYD) and to pray for peace. “As [a] Syrian WYD pilgrim, our message all over the world [is] we want […]

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Pope Francis participates in the Via Crucis with the young people who have come to Cracow for the 31st edition of World Youth Day. Share

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Pope Francis receives the keys of the City and proceeds to Błonia for the welcome ceremony of the city and the young people of World Youth Day. Share

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Pope Francis visits the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, where he meets some holocaust survivors. Share

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Pope Francis visits the Monastery of Jasna Gora and celebrates Holy Mass on the 1,050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. Share

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Pope Francis meets the Authorities, Civil Society, and the Diplomatic Corps, in the historical complex of Wawel, where a private conversation with the Polish President will take place. Share

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Welcome ceremony of Pope Francis, in the presence of the Polish President and Consort, at the start of the apostolic journey to Poland, for the occasion of the celebration of the 31st World Youth Day. Share

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