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If you choose to planning to take part in the WYD 2016 "Days in the Dioceses," there are several options available to you from around Poland. If you are interested in this, you can contact the individual dioceses of Poland directly. Go to the international Krakow 2016 website to contact them about your interest.
The Diocese of Poznan has extended a special invitation to the United States: "You will spend the first three days outside of Poznan with families in the parishes of Greater Poland region. Days in the Dioceses will take place all over Poland. The Archdiocese of Poznan has offered a warm welcome to pilgrims, as have many other dioceses all over Poland. Registration for Days in the Dioceses will open July 1st and can be accessed through the official Krakow 2016 site. The schedule of events will refer directly to the three following blessings: “Blessed are the poor in spirit”, “Blessed are the clean of heart” and “Blessed are the merciful”. During those days you will learn about the local traditions and the culture, as well as pray together with the youth from all over the world and the people of Archdiocese of Poznan. It will be an excellent opportunity for you to enjoy the Polish hospitality, which has been admired since the earliest centuries. There will also be time for fun activities.
For the weekend of 23 and 24 July you will gather in Poznan together with the Polish youth and other pilgrims from abroad. On 23 July you will get to know the capital of Greater Poland a little bit more. Yet, it will not be traditional sightseeing but you will walk along unique evangelical and educational paths. On Saturday evening you will be invited to Poznan’s parishes, where, apart from fun activities, you will taste the local cuisine. On Sunday we will all meet at the Youth Festival. We will celebrate the Commissioning Mass in the Pilgrim Zone “JORDAN”. Afterwards, there will be adoration, worship and concerts."
In addition, you are welcome to take part in Days in the Dioceses in Poland, as well as other European countries such as France or Ireland. If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact the WYDUSA office in Washington, DC.
"Pope Francis calls us to smell like the sheep. WYD is a wonderful chance to do that, even if those sheep smell like tired, sweaty, hungry young people! In all seriousness, WYD is a unique opportunity to be on pilgrimage with our young people..."
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Visit the official WYD Krakow 2016 website for the latest WYD details. Registration for Krakow 2016 opens on July 1st. VIEW
Hear the WYD 2016 hymn, "Blessed are teh Merciful" in Polish on YouTube, or visit the official website to learn more about the hymn. The English and Spanish versions of "Blessed are the Merciful" can be found HERE.
In July 2014, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz and leaders from the WYD local organizing committee released this logo, which was designed by 28-year-old graphic designer Monika Rybczyńska from Ostrzeszów, Poland and Emilia Pyza, a 26-year-old graphic designer from Garwolin, near Warsaw, Poland.
The logo features the outline of Poland with a marker that signifies the location of Kraków as well as the face of the young people who will gather there for World Youth Day in 2016. The city and the pilgrims are situated at the foot of Christ and the Cross, from which flow the red and blue rays of Divine Mercy. The colors of the logo (red, blue, and yellow) are the official colors of the city of Kraków.
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.
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.
The patron saints of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow are Saint John Paul II and Saint Faustina. Both are from Poland and their lives became intertwined as they followed God's voice in their lives.
"Saint Faustina is the one the world acknowledged as the Apostle of Divine Mercy, the author of a bestseller titled simply “Diary,” which has been translated into over 30 languages. This mission was continued by Pope John Paul II. On the 30th of April 2000, he not only included her among the saints but also fulfilled Jesus’ wish by establishing Divine Mercy Sunday for the whole Church.He said at that time: “I have a truly great joy today, showing the whole Church what a gift of God the life and testimony of Sister Faustina Kowalska is for our times. [...] Through this canonization today, I want to transmit the message of Mercy to the new millennium. I give it to all the people, so that they can learn to get to know the real face of God and the real face of man even better.” Visit their biographies on the official WYD 2016 site to learn more about these twentieth century saints.
The organizers hope that 2016 will be an opportunity for pilgrims to discover the origins of World Youth Day, as Kraków was the place where Karol Wojtiła was formed, inspired, and called to serve Christ and the Church as a young person himself. As Cardinal Dziwisz said to the WYD delegates and organizers from around the world who gathered in Rome this spring, "To truly know a poet, one must visit that poet's homeland.To truly know St. John Paul II and World Youth Day, one must come to Kraków."
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