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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
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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Written by: Katie VanLeeuwen A couple of days ago, while waiting in line for some Polish pierogies, my fellow mission team members and I decided to do as the pilgrims do and strike up a conversation with the people who happened to be standing beside us. In this case, we got to meet Bill and ...read more
At the end of the Angelus Address, last Sunday, at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow, Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in 2019 in Panama City, Panama. As we begin preparations for this exciting next WYD, Salt + Light’s Charles LeBourgeois had the chance to speak with Archbishop José Domingo ...read more
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Written by Joseph Ruane The word ‘Catholic’ means ‘Universal’, yet one cannot fully appreciate the universality of the Church until one attends World Youth Day. The vast crowds, multitude of flags and prayerful silences of a Mass with one million or more in attendance are unimaginable until you live and breathe this surreal gathering of ...read more
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Written by Ian Meaden  “The lights of the pilgrims outnumbered the stars in the sky.” That is how my friend and fellow pilgrim, Ambrose described the Vigil evening at Campus Misericordiae. Now, I want you all to do me a favour, read ahead the next few of sentences, then close your eyes. Picture in your ...read more
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On Sunday, July 31, 2016, Pope Francis met with all of the volunteers that made World Youth Day Krakow 2016 possible. The Holy Father set aside his prepared text and delivered the following remarks: Before returning to Rome, I wanted to meet you and, before all else, to thank each of you for the effort, ...read more
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On Sunday, July 31, 2016, the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Pope Francis celebrated the closing Mass for the World Youth Day Krakow 2016 in Poland at Campus Misericordiae. Below, find the full text of his prepared homily: Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of ...read more
Watch Pope Francis preside over the World Youth Day Prayer Vigil at Campus Misericordiae on Saturday evening, July 30, 2016. ...read more
Watch the celebration of the USCCB Mass at the Mercy Centre which took place on Saturday, July 29, 2016 in Krakow, Poland during the World Youth Day 2016. ...read more
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Past World Youth Days
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).
Salt + Light TV WYD Rebroadcast schedule:
All scheduled times are subject to change
All times posted are Eastern Standard Time
Tuesday, August 16

08:00 pm - Opening Mass - Repeat: midnight
Thursday, August 18

08:00 pm - Papal Welcome Ceremony - Repeat: midnight
Friday, August 19

08:00 pm - Way of the Cross - Repeat: midnight
Saturday, August 20

08:00 pm - Prayer Vigil - Repeat: midnight
Sunday, August 21

08:00 pm - Closing Mass - Repeat on Monday August 22 at 12:30am
Monday, August 22

06:00 am - Australian Gathering at the Mercy Centre

11:30 am - Canadian Gathering at the Mercy Centre

01:00 pm - American Gathering at the Mercy Centre
Wednesday, August 24

11:30 am - Catechesis (Day 1)
Thursday, August 25

12:30 pm - Catechesis (Day 2)
Friday, August 26

12:30 pm - Catechesis (Day 3)
Saturday, August 27

12:00 pm - World Youth Day Central marathon Episode 1 - 6
Sunday August 28

08:30 pm - Night of Mercy Youth Festival - Repeat on Monday August 29 at 12:30am
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.