During the week you will spend time in two different places - the first three days outside of Poznan with families in the parishes of Greater Poland region, next two days you will gather in Poznan together with the Polish youth and other pilgrims from abroad. We are waiting for you!
The cost of participation is 30 euros per person (transportation to the diocese is not included). Payment for the entire group should be made to a foreign currency account.
On this day you will be encouraged to take part in discussion panels and biblical clubs on the topic of evangelical poverty. We would like you to try out a day of “a poor” for yourself - by giving up something or offering yourself to others. After a long day there will be time for the Holy Mass, an evening meal and time with your host family.
We want to spend the second day reflecting on the next blessing, by learning it in practice from Saints such as Pierre Giorgio Frassati and Karolina Kózkowna. On Thursday we would like you to create “My pure heart”, which will be offered during the Commissioning Mass on Sunday. In the evening everyone is welcome to join a celebration with singing, dancing and music alongside some tasty Polish food.
The last day outside of Poznań will be centred around the XXXI World Youth Day theme. We offer you a visit at some of the pilgrimage sites connected to the lives of advocates of God’s Mercy. We also want you to perform a pantomime about the Mercy of God based on passages from the Holy Bible in international groups. In the evening it will be time to say goodbye to the host families.
We invite you for the weekend to the region’s capital - the city of Poznań and its surroundings. There will be a special Pilgrim Zone in Park Cytadela, where you will be able to enjoy a meal and freshen up. On Saturday, you will walk along unique kerygmatic- evangelization routes when returning to your parishes for the evening. There you will celebrate the Holy Eucharist, followed by a party.
In the morning you will have time to regain strengths after an exciting week. In the afternoon, we invite you to the Poznań Cathedral, where we will all renew our baptismal vows, and from there we will leave in a cheerful "March for Jesus". We will spend the rest of the day in the Pilgrim Zone enjoying some live music and worship, as well as participate in the Commissioning Mass.
After breakfast with the host families, hugs and last photos we will leave for the XXXI World Youth Day in Krakow!
The Pope. The Youth. Christ.
The theme of XXXI World Youth Day Krakow 2016 is: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt 5:7).
Our Holy Father Francis has chosen the fifth of the eight Beatitudes given by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, to show the importance of the Beatitudes which are at the heart of Jesus’ teaching.
In his first Sermon, Jesus presents us with eight examples of qualities that bring us closer to the Kingdom of God.
Dear young friends, we have an appointment for the next World Youth Day in 2016 in Cracow, in Poland!
Everything you need to know.
World Youth Day is celebrated on Palm Sunday in dioceses around the world. Every two or three years an international meeting is held which lasts about a week.
The WYD is constantly giving the world a living testimony of faith and showing the face of Christ present in every young man. Young people are the heroes of this great meeting of faith, hope and unity.
In 1984 and 1985 there were two meetings of young people from the Pope. First on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Redemption, and the second International Youth Day, but they were not officially WYD.
A few months after the second meeting, during a Christmas meeting of Cardinals, Pope John Paul II expressed his wish to hold the World Youth Day every year. The date of December 20, 1985 is regarded as day that World Youth Day was established officially .
International meetings have already been held in Rome, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Compostela, Czestochowa, Denver, Manila, Paris, Toronto, Cologne, Sydney, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.
The established objective of the World Youth Days is to experience the great community of the Universal Church, listen to the Word of God, receive the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist as well as joyfully preaching Jesus Christ as the Lord and Saviour.
The theme of annual meetings is determined by the Holy Father himself who directs a message to young people. During the international WYDs, the content is expanded to three meetings called the catechesis triduum.
The first part of the WYD is "Days in Dioceses" during which the youth stay in different areas of the host country; the second is the "Central Events" which are held in 2016 in Cracow.
It is a time for friendship, fellowship, integration, and familiarizing with the culture of the region. It includes tourist trips, common games, and social involvement in various works and projects prepared by the organizers.
Young pilgrims from around the world are welcomed by families who previously declared their hospitality. You can take a look at the plan of the days below. The final plan is determined by the local community.
Climbing to the top.
„God, merciful Father, 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. Heavenly 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. Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us. Saint John Paul II, pray for us. Saint Faustina, pray for us."
Sign the baptism book, which will be offered on the altar during Commissioning Mass as thanksgiving for our baptism.