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St John Paul II relic presented to Archbishop Fisher in preparation for WYD 2016 in Poland

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
9 Jun 2015

Cardinal Dziwisz was a close confidant of Pope John Paul II

Visiting Kraków Poland, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP received a significant spiritual gift on behalf of all Australian pilgrims heading to World Youth Day next year.

Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz gave the Archbishop of Sydney a first class relic of Saint Pope John Paul II - a vial containing a drop of the saint's blood. Cardinal Dziwisz, now the Archbishop of Kraków was a long time friend and influential aide to Pope John Paul II for over 40 years.
 
Archbishop Anthony told the news to the Australian WYD pilgrimage coordinators at a lunch in Kraków after celebrating Mass at a Dominican monastery.
 
The Australian pilgrim coordinators are currently on a familiarisation pilgrimage to Poland where they have met with the Polish WYD office to be briefed on planning for the upcoming event.

They have been visiting the locations where pilgrims will journey to during WYD2016 studying the logistics and safety issues to ensure Australian pilgrims have both a safe and spiritually fruitful pilgrimage.
 
Malcolm Hart, ACBC Senior Youth Ministry Projects Officer, explained at the lunch what took place during the meeting.

"This morning we had a very beautiful meeting with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz who shared from the heart some of the stories and encounters he had as a personal secretary to Pope John Paul II," he said.
 
Malcolm Hart then invited the Archbishop to break the news to the Australian leaders about the gift of the relic which received an enthusiastic reaction.

The Archbishop explained that after the presentation of the relic Cardinal Dziwisz also gave him a certificate to fill out explaining where the relic would be displayed in Australia.
 
He mentioned that he was "put on the spot" and didn't have long to decide. However he didn't reveal what he wrote on the certificate - as yet.

Australian WYD Pilgrimage Coordinators meet with the WYD office in Krakow on their familiarisation pilgrimage to Poland

This will be announced in the future weeks and after the Archbishop returns from Rome where he will be presented with the pallium from Pope Francis at the end of the month as the ninth Metropolitan Archbishop of Sydney.
 
Archbishop Anthony told the pilgrim coordinators:

"It is wonderful to think that the father of World Youth Day will accompany us and the young people of the world to WYD16. It will be very special. Pope John Paul II is with us as well as Pope Francis who is so beloved by the people of the world. I think it will be a wonderful World Youth Day in the saint's home country," he said.
 
The Archbishop thanked all the leaders for their hard work that ensures World Youth Days continued success. He also thanked the Cosmos team who operate the pilgrimage and organise the logistics on the ground.
 
Malcolm Hart presented the Archbishop with a distinctive WYD vestment with the official red, yellow and blue logo embroidered on the chest as a thank you gift.
 
Xt3.com interviewed Archbishop Anthony after the announcement in the main square in Kraków with the famous St Mary's Basilica in the background. Watch the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5-KTra4bbM