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The challenges all around us are nearly overwhelming. They can be less daunting when we face them together. The images and words of that World Youth Day [Denver 1993] stay with me today. The lessons are simple, if we stand confident in our faith and speak it with love our voice can be heard and our message accepted. Together we can all grow more deeply in our love of the Lord.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Many countries try to organize an official presence for their respective pilgrims at the WYD grounds. At Rio de Janeiro in 2013, the United States held special programs for Americans at the Vivo Rio facility, which acted as the welcome center for English speaking pilgrims for most of the duration of the celebration.
The U.S. Pilgrim Gathering at WYD 2013 in Rio featured prayer and worship opportunities, interaction with bishops from the U.S., videos, performing artists, speakers and witnesses, prayer and reconciliation, and opportunities to network with other pilgrims from across the United States at WYD. During the American gathering, the media center at Vivo Rio allowed online users in the U.S. and those listening via satellite radio to experience the activities and interact with the people in Rio - building a stronger connection between WYD pilgrims in Brazil and WYD pilgrims celebrating stateside in the United States.
For World Youth Day in Krakow in 2016, the United States has plans to arrange a special U.S. Pilgrim Gathering. This is tentatively set for Wednesday, July 7th. All pilgrims from the United States will be invited to attend this event and network with others from around the country who are also in Krakow.The USCCB is currently finalizing plans and details. More information will be forthcoming.
The World Youth Day office at the USCCB will have a designated place for American pilgrims to find information and connect while in Krakow. The place and hours of this center will be available as WYD draws nearer.
Please return soon for updates!
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