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French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

Jul 26, 2016 - 03:43 pm .- In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday, July 29, as a day of fasting.

Pope Francis to pray at John Paul II's tomb with kids who have cancer

Jul 26, 2016 - 02:59 pm .- Before taking off for WYD in Krakow, Pope Francis will pray at the tomb of St. John Paul II alongside children who have cancer, and will bring their prayers to Poland in order to ask the nation's saint for healing.

Let the fire of faith enkindle the world, cardinal tells WYD pilgrims

Jul 26, 2016 - 11:45 am .- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz’s welcome to World Youth Day pilgrims on Tuesday had a stirring reminder: it is up to them to ensure that the Gospel of Jesus Christ reaches the world.

Pope Francis goes to Krakow tomorrow โ€“ here's what to watch for

Jul 26, 2016 - 11:05 am .- Many special moments are anticipated during Pope Francis' visit to Poland this week for World Youth Day, especially considering his visit to Auschwitz and his meeting with 10 Holocaust survivors.

Cardinal Dziwisz talks Krakow, Saint John Paul II

Jul 26, 2016 - 06:01 am .- As World Youth Day approaches, the Archbishop of Krakow recently spoke with EWTN Deutschland about the “city of saints” hosting the gathering, and about its most famous son – St. John Paul II.

For youth in Krakow, seeing Pope Francis will be 'out of this world'

Jul 25, 2016 - 02:40 pm .- As thousands of youth are setting foot in Krakow for World Youth Day, many voiced their excitement not only to meet peers who share the same faith, but above all to see Pope Francis in person.

Pope prays for pilgrims en route to Krakow for WYD

Jul 24, 2016 - 10:09 am .- Pope Francis has asked for prayers as he, and all the pilgrims attending this year's World Youth Day, prepare to make their way to Krakow, Poland for the international event.

Pope Francis to meet Holocaust survivors during Auschwitz visit

Jul 20, 2016 - 01:49 pm .- Though rumors have been floating for some time, the Vatican confirmed that the Pope will meet with 10 Holocaust survivors during his upcoming visit to Auschwitz while in Poland for World Youth Day.

Pope Francis is ready for World Youth Day โ€“ are you?

Jul 20, 2016 - 09:02 am .- Even though World Youth Day doesn't start until next week, thousands of pilgrims from throughout the world are already descending on Krakow ahead of the official event.

Catechetical youth site aims to share mercy at World Youth Day

Jul 19, 2016 - 11:32 am .- Poland has been known as the heart of the Divine Mercy devotion since the 1930s and also boasts the homeland of the late Pope St. John Paul II.

How the Pope's visit to Auschwitz will shape World Youth Day

Jun 16, 2016 - 03:46 am .- Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope.

Divine Mercy meets World Youth Day this summer in Poland

Mar 22, 2016 - 03:08 am .- Krakow’s role in the Divine Mercy devotion could mean great things for World Youth Day this year, said the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.

What was JPII's secret to inspiring the youth? His mere presence, secretary says

Oct 7, 2015 - 03:16 am .- Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the saint inspired a generation even though many never saw him in person.  

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

Jul 26, 2015 - 12:38 pm .- Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became the first pilgrim to register himself.

Considering WYD 2016 in Poland? Here's what one bishop wants you to know

Jul 10, 2015 - 03:57 am .- For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice.

Official song for World Youth Day 2016 debuted in Krakow

Jan 7, 2015 - 11:28 am .- The official song for World Youth Day Krakow 2016, inspired by the theme “Blessed are the merciful,” was premiered in the Polish capital on Tuesday.

World Youth Day organizer named as next Sydney archbishop

Sep 18, 2014 - 03:24 pm .- Pope Francis has named the next Archbishop of Sydney: Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., a Sydney native and a lead organizer for the 2008 World Youth Day in Australia.  

Official logo, prayer for WYD Krakow 2016 announced

Jul 3, 2014 - 11:18 am .- In a press conference held earlier today in Krakow, Poland, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz presented the official logo and prayer for the 31st World Youth Day slated to take place there in 2016.

Pope in WYD message: poverty leads us to true happiness

Feb 7, 2014 - 04:28 am .- In his message for the 29th WYD, Pope Francis draws his theme from the beatitude on poverty, emphasizing that it teaches us joy, as well as the proper attitude to have towards those who are poor.

Forty-five WYD participants seek refugee status in Brazil

Aug 27, 2013 - 04:25 pm .- Citing religious oppression in their home countries, 45 young people who took part in World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have asked the country for refugee status.

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