Category Archives: World Youth Day 2016

Pope urges Jesuits to teach discernment in seminaries to counter rigidity

[Austen Ivereigh] Too much seminary formation is too rigid to allow for the development of priests who can genuinely walk with young people in their real-life situations, Pope Francis told Jesuits at a private meeting during World Youth Day in Krakow. … Continue reading

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The bishop who pitched his sleeping bag among us

[Brenden Thompson] Alan Williams, the Bishop of Brentwood, was one of just a handful of bishops who joined the 2.5m young pilgrims camping outside for a candle-lit vigil at the end of World Youth Day in Krakow. Not only did … Continue reading

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Francis to young people in Krakow: ‘Don’t throw in the towel’

Pope Francis this afternoon was welcomed to World Youth Day by an enormous, enthusiastic crowd of young people in Jordan Park in Krakow. See Crux for report. The prepared text of his address follows. Address of Pope Francis at the Welcome by … Continue reading

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Francis refuses to label Islam as violent, says Muslims seek peace

[Austen Ivereigh] There are violent people and fundamentalists in all religions, it is not fair to identify Islam with violence, and terrorists are often jobless Europeans in a society that no longer teaches ideals, Pope Francis told reporters on last … Continue reading

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At final Mass, Francis urges 2m at WYD not to be afraid of accepting God’s mercy

Pope Francis has concluded the concluding Mass of World Youth Day (WYD with a meditation on the story of a publican who wanted to encounter Jesus despite the hostility and ridicule of those around him. Melding the keynote of his … Continue reading

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Francis to WYD vigil: ‘Our answer to terror is fraternity’

“This is no time for denouncing anyone or fighting”, Pope Francis told a crowd of 1.6m in a field outside Krakow last night, at the World Youth Day prayer vigil, adding: “We do not want to tear down, we do … Continue reading

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Pope Francis in Krakow calls for a mission rooted in mercy

Digging deep into the great theme of mercy, Pope Francis last night led a moving Stations of the Cross and this morning visited the iconic Divine Mercy shrine in the city, forever associated with St Faustina Kowalska. He then went … Continue reading

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Francis connects with Poles through their experience of God’s mercy

God chose to manifest his power not by amazing feats of greatness but rather through small acts of humility, choosing to enter the world as a child born of a woman, Pope Francis this morning told a congregation of at … Continue reading

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Francis arrives in Poland, challenges government over immigration

Pope Francis has arrived in Poland at the start of a five-day trip to join the 31st World Youth Day. In the flight from Rome, which touched down just before 4pm local time, the Pope referred to the crisis of violence … Continue reading

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The festival of mercy in Krakow that gives faith a fresh start

[Austen Ivereigh] World Youth Day, which begins officially this afternoon in Kraków, Poland, is an extraordinary phenomenon of the modern Church: not just an exuberant, global celebration of Catholic faith, but a powerful experience of the inter-connectedness of the Body of Christ worldwide. In his … Continue reading

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