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On May 31, 2016, U.S. State Department spokesman John
Kirby noted, "(We
are) not aware of any specific, credible terrorist threat around these events
or in any particular place in Europe… We issue alerts all the time that aren't
based on specific, credible attacks… We absolutely don't want to discourage
travel or tourism to Europe. The Secretary (of State) has said himself, even in
the wake of the Brussels attacks, that he would want and would hope that Americans
continue to travel abroad to see the great sites of the world, to attend these
kinds of events. We just want them to be aware and to be vigilant." He further
noted that the summer alert was a renewal of a travel advisory that had been in
place for the past several months.
To aid pastoral leaders and families in their preparation, the USCCB World Youth Day office (WYDUSA) regularly posts updated safety and security information on its website (www.wydusa.org and www.usccb.org/about/world-youth-day/safety.cfm). The WYDUSA office also maintains an open line of communication with the U.S. State Department Consulate in Kraków and with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the United States, and continues to monitor and assess the situation.
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Poland have released a special website with safety information for U.S. travelers to World Youth Day: https://pl.usembassy.gov/world-youth-day-2016/. U.S. pilgrims, leaders, and families may also contact the Krakow Consulate directly with any concerns at WorldYouthDay2016@state.gov.
The USCCB World Youth Day Office (WYDUSA) is happy to collaborate with the Catholic Apostolate Center on its efforts for World Youth Day 2016, in particular with the engagement of pilgrimage leaders, sharing of valuable resources and tools, making connections with stateside celebrations, assisting with technology and WYDUSA webinars, hosting the www.wyd2016.us website, and collaboration with national follow-up efforts beyond the WYD experience.
Check out the schedule for World Youth Day! This is an anticipated schedule of events during that week with U.S. time zone considerations for live viewing/recording in the United States. Times are subject to change. Please see the main World Youth Day website for updates.
Check out these links for more resources on WYDUSA.
As part of an official collaboration between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops World Youth Day Office, the Catholic Apostolate Center is assisting World Youth Day pilgrims and leaders in deepening their pilgrimage experience through blog posts, leader guides, and videos throughout the international festivities in Krakow. Check out wyd2016.us each Wednesday for new content from bishops, pilgrim leaders, pastoral ministers, and pilgrims. Whether traveling to Krakow, attending a stateside celebration in your diocese or participating as an active digital pilgrim, we invite you to utilize our free resources to enrich your journey!
How well do you know the official patrons of WYDUSA? Check out our patron page for more information. Also, check out more information on Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati to help you climb "to the heights" on your WYD pilgrimage.
STATESIDE GUIDES: Not able to attended World Youth Day in Krakow? Use the Stateside Guides in English and Spanish or the Stateside Quick Guide to plan your own WYD event. Check out the Stateside Page, for ideas and events stateside.
GROUP LEADERS: If you are taking a group to Krakow, check out the International Pilgrimage and Retreat Manual. These guides were developed by WYD leaders for WYD leaders. Also, check out the Auschwitz Guide and Ecumenical Guide.
WYDUSA PILGRIM JOURNAL: The journal is for all pilgrims heading to Krakow in 2016, youth and young adults celebrating stateside or following along as a digital pilgrim - Order Now.
RETREAT GUIDE: How have you prepared your heart for World Youth Day? Check out the Retreat Guide to spiritually prepare for this once in a lifetime experience.
order guides AT 202-541-3044, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to contact the USCCB World Youth Day Office with any questions you may have pertaining to World Youth Day, including information about pilgrim preparation and hosting stateside events. Additionally, if you are hosting a stateside event, consider submitting information for your event to be featured on our stateside activities page.
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