Yesterday, July 25, pilgrims from all over the world arrived in Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day which opens today and concludes with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on Sunday, July 31. More than 30,000 pilgrims along with 85 bishops from the U.S. are there.
The theme of the 31st World Youth Day is: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy’ (Mt 5:7). WYD2016 takes place during the Year of Mercy in the home country of St. John Paul II—the Apostle of Mercy and the Initiator of WYD and St. Faustina Kowalska whose writings spread the devotion of Divine Mercy to the whole world. St. Faustina and St. John Paul II are the patron saints of World Youth Day 2016.
The Official Website for WYD 2016 http://www.krakow2016.com/en/
Following and Sharing WYD2016
It is possible, even likely, that this wonderful, positive event will not receive much media attention in the U.S., but that does not mean that we cannot follow the events and share them ourselves through Social Media.
To see posts shared by pilgrims on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or other social media platforms, you can search for the hashtags: #WYD and #Krakow2016
Facebook and Twitter
- The official Facebook Page of WYD: https://www.facebook.com/worldyouthday/
- The USCCB has a WYD Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/wydusa/ which will have posts from the week as well as some live streaming
- The Official Twitter Account can be found at https://twitter.com/wyd_en
- The Official USCCB Twitter Account for WYD at https://twitter.com/WYDUSA
Find posts, tweets and videos from World Youth and share them on your platforms. Our world needs Good News.
If your diocese/parish/religious community will be posting from WYD, please tell us in the comments below, so that we can follow them.
We pray for all the pilgrims to World Youth Day 2016 that they may find joy in this week of prayer and celebration of their faith. We pray that God will touch their hearts and keep them safe. May they continue to be witnesses of Divine Mercy their entire lives.
CWS Summer Break
I am taking a few weeks off and will begin blogging again after Labor Day. Enjoy August and God bless you.