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Written by Ian Meaden Well…this is going to be interesting. (Now I could be mean and just leave it at that and make you wonder ‘what’s going to be interesting’? But then I’d have to confess how mean I was…) So, here what’s interesting, I’ve been asked to be a blogger and submit a few ...read more
En route to Krakow to celebrate the 31st World Youth Day this week, thousands of young pilgrims and their leaders have spent time in Warsaw these past days and have visited the grave and museum of the young Polish parish priest, Jerzy Popieluszko (1947-1984) who was proclaimed a martyr in 2010 in Warsaw. I share ...read more
Last week we saw how important Saints are, not just to WYD, but also to living our Faith. In 2005 World Youth Day went back to Europe, to Cologne, Germany. This was Pope Benedict’s first World Youth Day. By now, WYDs are an establishment. For me Toronto was very much the WYD that brought it ...read more
Our friends from the Archdiocese of Kingston are arrived safe in Krakow! Here is an update on their WYD Pilgrimage so far! Let’s continue to pray for them and for all the WYD pilgrims.               Photo credits: Nadia Gundert ...read more
  Kraków, Poland – July 21, 2016 –  The Youth Festival for World Youth Day Krakow 2016 aims to unite youth from around the world through entertainment, cultural development and spiritual formation. It will last four days, from July 26 to 29, consisting of various events spread throughout the city. The Youth Festival is a ...read more
The recent displays of merciless violence in France and the United States have increased social and political tensions and struck fear into ordinary citizens. Despite the flood of energy and resources into public security measures, unpredictable attacks are becoming more common. Is this the world we now live in? Against this backdrop World Youth Day ...read more
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 coverage schedule:
All scheduled times are subject to change
All times posted are Eastern Standard Time
Monday July 25

07:00 pm - WYD Central
Tuesday July 26

09:00 am - Canadian Gathering at the Mercy Centre

11:30 am - WYD Opening Mass - LIVE

05:00 pm - Australian Gathering at the Mercy Centre

07:00 pm - WYD Central
Wednesday July 27

03:00 pm - U.S. Gathering at the Mercy Centre

04:30 pm - WYD Catechesis from the Mercy Centre

07:00 pm - WYD Central
Thursday July 28

04:30 am - Mass for 1050th Anniversary of the Baptism of Poland - LIVE

11:15 am - WYD Papal welcome ceremony - LIVE

04:30 pm - WYD Catechesis from the Mercy Centre

07:00 pm - WYD Central
Friday July 29

03:30 am - Visit to Auschwitz and Birkenau - LIVE

10:30 am - Visit to University Children’s Hospital - LIVE

12:00 pm - WYD Way of the Cross - LIVE

04:30 pm - WYD Catechesis from the Mercy Centre

07:00 pm - WYD Central
Saturday July 30

02:30 am - Visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki - LIVE

04:15 am - Mass with Men and Women Religious - LIVE

09:00 am - USCCB Mass at the Mercy Centre

01:00 pm - WYD Prayer Vigil - LIVE

07:00 pm - WYD Central
Sunday July 31

4:00 am - WYD closing Mass - LIVE
WORLD YOUTH DAY KRAKOW 2016
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.