Bishop William announced his plans to join pilgrims in Warsaw for the first week of the WYD Pilgrimage. During the second week they will be joined by Archbishop Bernard Longley as they gather in Krakow to meet with Pope Francis and the youth of the world.
Some young people have been trained in areas of media and communications as they seek to share with the world, the good news of Jesus Christ. A predicted 2 million young people will witness to their faith, from every corner of the world, gathering with the Pope Francis for the WYD Vigil and Mass.
Young people have spoken openly about their hopes to be able to serve in the mission week, to live with Polish families in Lomianki, to meet Pope Francis, to explore the homeland of Saint John Paul II, the founder of WYD. They were excited to see Krakow and were even looking forward to the 24 hour coach journey and travelling through Europe.
During this great Year of Mercy, many are also looking forward to experiencing the Shrine of Divine Mercy and also the evening at Aushwitz, where the courage and ability to forgive the worst crimes against humanity will surely be a moving and thought provoking moment. Two of our pilgrims will be keeping a blog on the Archdiocese of Birmingham website, so please follow our journey and keep us in your prayers as we depart the UK on July 19th. www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk
Thank you to all our priests whi have helped support young people to make this journey through sponsorship and fundraising. We will be praying for you and for those we carry with us in our hearts.
Monthly follow up events to WYD begin in September and will be held at St. Chads Cathedral, Grimshaw Room. These will be open to all young people aged 16 - 30 years of age.