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World Youth Day: Inspiring Generations 

In August 2011, more than 4,000 young pilgrims left Britain in the midst of the London looting and arrived in Madrid for the World Youth Day celebrations. During this time, many of them had transformational life experiences - including Jo-Anne Rowney, Paula Mendez and James Kelliher. They got together and collected testimonies from the people they met along the way, to produce this beautiful book: 'World Youth Day: Inspiring Generations' which has just been published as an e-book on Amazon. 

World Youth Day: Inspiring Generations, includes a Foreword by Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, a collection of 21 testimonies of British pilgrims - including TV presenter Julie Etchingham, Paschal Uche who welcomed Pope Benedict XVI outside Westminster Cathedral and Marcin Mazur, the papal photographer in 2010.  It is a great book to read as preparation for World Youth Day Rio 2013.  

The book is available worldwide through Amazon as an ebook.


wyd-2013-book-1-go-make-disciplesA Companion Resource for Youth and Young Adults

Published by the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, this resource for youth and young adults will help individuals and groups prayerfully prepare for, intentionally celebrate, and continue the experience of World Youth Day. 

The book – divided into three sections:  "Go," "Make," and Disciples" – is written for use by those who will journey to Rio de Janeiro for the experience of World Youth Day 2013, as well as those who celebrate at home.  Each section contains six fully developed sessions, which include integrated Scripture, Church teachings, stories from the saints, prayers, ice-breakers, activities, small group and personal reflection.  Music suggestions from well-known Catholic artists are provided for each section, as well as the option to download the accompanying CD.  Contributing authors include USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, the Salesians of Don Bosco, and the Maryknoll Societies.  

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