Win $1000 Towards Your World Youth Day Pilgrimage

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
18 Mar 2016

Bishop Mark Edwards is encouraging young people to experience WYD in Krakow

The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference is giving young people the chance to win $1000 towards the cost of their World Youth Day pilgrimage.

More than three thousand young Australians are expected to join Pope Francis when he travels to Krakow, Poland to participate at the 31st World Youth Day from 25-31 July 2016.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Office for Youth is overseeing the Australian pilgrimage to World Youth Day, which is known as 'Australia's Journey to the City of Mercy'.

Young people from across Australia are invited to attend. To encourage and support pilgrim registrations over the coming weeks, the Office for Youth is offering the chance to win $1,000 towards the cost of a pilgrimage.
Pilgrims who register and pay their deposit before Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016, will go into the draw to win. Pilgrims should register with Cosmos, the ACBC's Official WYD 2016 Tour Operator at The closing date for registrations is 15 April 2016.

Over 30 groups from dioceses and Catholic organisations will travel on more than 40 different pilgrimages to places across Europe and the Holy Land.  There are four pilgrimages being offered to the young people of the Archdiocese of Sydney, and each of them will include the WYD week in Krakow and a post-WYD retreat in Zakopane.

The first pilgrimage will begin in the Holy Land, giving pilgrims the opportunity to travel to the places where Jesus walked.  Pilgrims will start in Jordan before travelling to Jerusalem, encountering places such as the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane, and walking the Way of the Cross to the site of the crucifixion.  They will also visit Bethlehem, spend time on a boat on the Sea of Galilee and visit the Mount of Beatitudes.

Four pilgrimages are on offer for
young people in Sydney

The second will follow the steps of Saint John Paul II, the father of World Youth Day, and visit his tomb in Rome and spend some time in Assisi before travelling to his hometown of Wadowice in Poland, spending time in prayer at the Church where he was baptised and attended Mass.  Pilgrims will also visit Auschwitz where St Maximilian Kolbe and St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) were martyred. 

The third pilgrimage will focus on Marian Shrines, with visits to Lourdes and Fatima before journeying to Poland.
And for those short on time, there is a direct pilgrimage to Poland where pilgrims will experience the sites of that city before WYD begins.

The theme is 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy' (Mt 5:7). In his message to young people, Pope Francis said, 'with this theme, the Krakow 2016 World Youth Day forms part of the Holy Year of Mercy and so becomes a Youth Jubilee at world level'.
Member of the Bishops Commission for Family, Youth & Life, Bishop Mark Edwards OMI, said, 'I encourage young people across Australia to make the pilgrimage to World Youth Day. It is a unique opportunity to encounter Christ by learning about Saint John Paul and his homeland, or walking through St Peter's Basilica in Rome, or by bringing scripture to life in the Holy Land. At the same, it is also a time of confirmation of a young person's faith amidst millions of peers and the Holy Father'.

Registrations for WYD close on 15 April

'Most young people have questions about their faith, World Youth Day is an ideal journey to explore those questions and the special personal relationship that each one of us can have with Jesus,' Bishop Edwards added. 
Malcolm Hart, Director of the Australian Catholic Bishops Office for Youth, also invited the whole Church community to propose this invitation to young people. 'The best invitation is a personal one. Grandparents, parishioners, teachers, and leaders, all need to invite young people to attend WYD and support them in taking up this once in a life time pilgrimage. WYD offers a young person the world, and our communities the new life.'

More information on the Sydney pilgrimages can be found on the website for Catholic Youth Services: