2016 World Youth Day in KRAKOW, POLAND

What is it?

Starting in 1985 in Rome by Pope John Paul II, the Holy Father has invited youth and young adults to gather periodically with him across the world in an epic event known as World Youth Day. Though the title indicates a “day,” it is really a week long life changing experience of the diversity and richness of the Catholic Church. Two summers ago, Pope Francis invited youth and young adults from across the world to the 14th World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland

When is it? 25th-31st July 2016

Who is invited? YOU!

WYD is open to all young people aged 16-35 who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of music, prayer, celebrations and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.

What can you expect there?

The Central Youth Festival will take place during the afternoons and evenings of the three Catechesis days of WYD. In this part of the celebration, pilgrims will be able to enjoy a variety of concerts, exhibitions, workshops, sports events, theater, etc. In turn, many communities, congregations, and religious movements will take care of the spiritual aspect of the Youth Festival; the city and area churches, squares, parks, gardens, playgrounds, halls, sports stadiums, and cultural institutions will become meeting places for prayer and evangelization of groups from Poland and from around the world.

Campus Misericordiae (“Field of Mercy”) is the official name of the Vigil Site for World Youth Day 2016 where Pope Francis will meet with over two million young people from around the world. This site will host the Saturday night Vigil with the Holy Father and the Sunday morning Mass that together are the climax of World Youth Day.


If you are 16 or older and want to join up with the group representing Shanghai Catholics as a pilgrim for (international passport holders), please contact (Albus at albertpioq07@gmail.com or in Wechat at albuspioq07)

World Youth Day is an event that couldn’t exist without volunteers. If you are 18 (or will be 18 at the end of June 2016), and: You speak foreign languages, are open and communicate well, a quick learner, and above all you are driven by deep need to serve God and people, then…. APPLY @ http://www.krakow2016.com/en/become-a-volunteer

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