Archdiocese of Sydney's Official Launch of WYD16 Krakow, Poland

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
19 May 2015

Hundreds of young people gathered at St Mary's Cathedral for  the official launch of the Archdiocese's pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland next year.

The evening was all things Polish - from information stalls to food and Polish dancing.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, who will lead as many as 1200 Sydney pilgrims to Poland, gave a catechesis of mercy, Pope Francis' theme for WYD16 which is "Blessed are the Merciful for they will receive Mercy" (Matthew 5:7).

With just around 14 months to go before WYD many young people, students, youth leaders and youth ministers are already saving for the incredible  World Youth Day experience.

Between three and four million people are expected to attend next year's WYD in Poland - the country where the father of WYD, St John Paul II was born and grew up.

The Catholic Church of Poland, led by Krakow's Archbishop Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz will welcome youth from around the world along with Pope Francis.

The 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow marks the second time the event has been held in Poland. The first was in 1991 in Czestowchowa which was led by St John Paul II and attracted more than 1.5 million young pilgrims from around the world.

Any more are expected next year.

"Poland is a deeply cultural and spiritual land, rich in history," Archbishop Fisher said.

"The places we visit will invite us into the theme of mercy, expressing God's love for humanity. I am very much looking forward to leading Sydney's school students and young adults from the Archdiocese on their journey of faith."

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