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Salt + Light Producer and Host Sebastian Gomes recalls the chaotic arrival of Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Rio 2013. ...read more
S+L CEO Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB recalls the extraordinary Way of the Cross celebrated on University Avenue in downtown Toronto during World Youth Day 2002. ...read more
Salt + Light CEO Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, recalls his memorable experiences up close with Pope John Paul II as the Pontiff’s health was declining during World Youth Day Toronto in 2002. ...read more
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Another World Youth Day has come and gone. Looking back at it, I can honestly say that I had an amazing experience. To be gathered with so many young Catholics from around the world gave me hope and energy. I felt inspired by Pope Francis’ words. I made some new friends, had some moving experiences, ...read more
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WYD Wrap-Up: Krakow 2016 is now available to watch and share online! (watch below) A month after the memorable experience of World Youth Day Krakow, Salt and Light Television brings you a special hour-long WYD wrap-up show, featuring many great story lines including: the World Youth Day returning to its birthplace, the city of Saint ...read more
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Written by Ian Meaden and the  St. Joseph’s Basilica World Youth Day Group. Well another World Youth Day has come and gone. I find for each one I have been to that my experience was always different and there is always something new that I have taken away. Now, I could write a full length blog ...read more
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When I arrived a day early, the streets of Krakow were still empty. However, you could tell something special was about to take place. Last minute preparations were overlapping with first small, spontaneous musical performances and youth trickling in with flags from around the world. When our team came together the next day, I could ...read more
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[Me alongside 1.8 million pilgrims at the overnight vigil.] Written by Celine Diaz Despite the fact that I was still in my early twenties, I felt extraordinarily old coming into WYD—which was ironic, because this event was obviously for “youth”. Yet somewhere along the way, I seemed to have lost my “youthful vitality” too soon. ...read more
The Holy Father sent letters to Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan and to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, thanking the Church of Poland for hosting the World Youth Days this past July. In today’s Perspectives, we also take a look into Mother Teresa’s spiritual “dark night” as we approach her canonization in September. ...read more
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A month after that memorable experience of World Youth Day Krakow, Salt and Light Television is pleased to bring you a special hour-long WYD Wrap-Up show this Wednesday, August 24 at 9pmET / 6pmPT. There were so many great story lines: the World Youth Day returning to its birthplace, the city of Saint John Paul II. ...read more
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Through the end of July, I had the responsibility of working on the ground in Poland on Salt + Light’s coverage of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow. I could write many different blog posts on the diverse and beautiful experiences I had there, and I will certainly write a few more. But I want to focus on ...read more
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I have been humbled in the last couple of days to learn that for many, one of the highlights of Krakow 2016 took place on the Wednesday night at the Mercy Centre during an event which I was honoured to help organize. It was called Night of Mercy. The night was described as “featuring XLT ...read more
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I was not physically in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016. A series of scheduling practicalities made it necessary for me to stay in Toronto, anchoring Salt + Light’s coverage of WYD 2016. Still, there were moments when the line between living WYD and living it vicariously through my colleagues on the ground was blurred. ...read more
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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE THIRTIETH WORLD YOUTH DAY

We continue our spiritual pilgrimage toward Krakow, where in July 2016 the next international World Youth Day will be held. As our guide for the journey we have chosen the Beatitudes. Last year we reflected on the beatitude of the poor in spirit, within the greater context of the Sermon on the Mount. Together we discovered the revolutionary meaning of the Beatitudes and the powerful summons of Jesus to embark courageously upon the exciting quest for happiness.
This year we will reflect on the sixth beatitude: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8).


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Mr. Marcin Bosacki
Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Canada
"I would like to encourage all of you to experience the rich Polish history, heritage (sometimes dramatic) and the culture which is closely associated with the Church and the Catholic faith. We just celebrated 1050 years since the Baptism of Poland!

I welcome everybody who is coming to World Youth Days in Krakow later this month. You will enjoy it – Krakow is beautiful and Poland is waiting for you!"
— From the Ambassador's visit to Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation on July 4th, 2016.
OFFICIAL THEME SONG FOR WYD 2016

At the end of World Youth Day Rio, Pope Francis announced the theme for the next WYD in Poland would be “blessed are the merciful” . On January 6, 2015 the Archdiocese of Krakow released the official hymn of their upcoming WYD ...
PRAYER FOR WYD KRAKOW 2016

“God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman”.
We entrust to you in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation:
guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today
and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits
from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.

Heavenly Father,
grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt,
hope to those who are discouraged,
love to those who feel indifferent,
forgiveness to those who have done wrong
and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love
that you have enkindled within us
become a fire that can transform hearts
and renew the face of the earth.

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us.
Saint Faustina, pray for us.