World Youth Day in Krakow!
World Youth Day (WYD) starts in less than 4 months’ time. Pilgrims from all around the world will come to Krakow, where they will meet Pope Francis.
About 590,000 pilgrims and over 4,000 groups from 174 countries have registered so far for World Youth Day in Krakow. Among them are pilgrims from diverse countries such as Burkina Faso, Venezuela and New Zealand.
To participate in the youth meeting one needs to register online throughwww.krakow2016.com. The website features a wealth of useful information, and a link to the registration form in five languages: Polish, English, Italian, French and Spanish.
Pilgrims have until 30 June 2016 to register, but the organizers invite them to do so as soon as possible.
World Youth Day will last about two weeks and consist of two major events. During the first week, young people will have a chance to participate in “Days in Dioceses’’, organized in different parts of Poland. The following week will see “Central Events” in Krakow.
‘’Days in Dioceses” will be an opportunity for pilgrims to get to know one another, integrate and tour the host region. The participants will be able to take part in various trips and projects prepared by organizers from the respective dioceses.
Once the “Days in Dioceses” are over, all the participants will go to Krakow, the city that Pope Francis designated as the venue for the “Central Events”. For the pilgrims it is going to be a time of catechesis and meeting with Pope Francis. The scenarios of the Papal Welcome, Way of the Cross and Vigil are being prepared by a group of experts that includes theatre directors, architects and musicians. The detailed programme will be announced soon.
“The most important thing for us is to ensure that everyone visiting Krakow in July will have an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ, even when praying in a two-million person crowd. We want this WYD to be a union of hearts of all the young people from the whole world in the city of Saint John Paul II and Saint Sister Faustina,” said Weronika Griszel from the WYD Organizing Committee.