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The Transfiguration is the guiding image of the World Youth Day pilgrimage, which is truly a mountaintop experience where we are transformed and inspired for mission. Read a homily from St. John Paul II about the Transfiguration, or Pope Francis' Angelus address to pilgrims after WYD Rio, where he mentions the Transfiguration.
On this day in 2004, St. John Paul II released a message to remind young people to spiritually prepare for their journey ahead. Like Moses at the end of his life, the Holy Father would not make it to the Promised Land with the young people, as he died in April of the following year. His successor, Pope Benedict XVI, would accompany the pilgrims to Cologne. On this day, pray for our elders and those who share great wisdom with us for our pilgrim journey in life.
One of the patrons of WYD Sydney (2008). Read about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's devotion to her HERE.
One of the patrons of WYD Cologne (2005). Read about the saintly life of this Jewish convert who was a martyr during World War II HERE.
You received a spirit of sonship. (Rom. 8:16). Check out the Vatican Archives of this worldwide celebration HERE.
I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10); during these days, pray for World Youth Day alumni from the United States since 1984, especially those who participated in WYD Denver. Check out the Vatican Archives for this worldwide celebration HERE.
Young early Christian martyr, died at age 13. Check out the Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena HERE.
Begun in 1985, the International Day for Youth celebrates the young people of the world; this movement inspired St. John Paul II to continue an annual celebration of youth and young adults in the Roman Catholic Church. Read about the details of this international day HERE.
One of the patrons of WYD Rio (2013). Read an Apostolic Exhortation from St. John Paul II about the Church in Africa, where he mentions this saint from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Polish Conventional Franciscan friar and martyr who sacrificed his life for a stranger during the Holocaust in the Auschwitz Nazi death camp. Read an article from Catholic News Agency about his martyrdom, and how it relates to the definition of martyrdom in the Church.
The Blessed Mother was assumed, body and soul, to become the Queen of Heaven. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gave an insightful homily on this solemnity in 2011.
Patron of Jesuit novices, young students, Poland, and broken bones. Learn about him in light of his Ignatian spirituality HERE.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.
We have come to worship him. (Matt. 2:2). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.
Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the faith. (Col. 2:7). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.
Twelfth-thirteenth century Polish saint, read his short biography from Catholic News Agency.
Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see. (John 1:38-39). Check out the Vatican Archives from this worldwide celebration HERE.
One of the patrons of WYD Rio (2013). Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's homily, given in 2007 at her shrine in Lima, discusses this great saint.
One of the patrons of WYD Czestochowa (1991) and patroness of Poland; each year, pilgrims depart Warsaw for a nine-day, 140-mile trek to the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. When he was a young student during World War II, St. John Paul II made this pilgrimage trek in secret as to avoid Nazi suspicion. Read St. John Paul II's prayer at her shrine from June 4th, 1997.
One of the patrons of WYD Rio (2013). Read Catholic News Agency's article on this thirteenth century saint.
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