The safety of pilgrims at WYD is very important

The terrorist attacks in Paris raised many questions related to world security, among these at World Youth Day, which will take place next year in Poland.

World Youth Day is an event with a religious nature on a global scale. Many people from various countries and continents will then gather in one place. For everyone: volunteers, pilgrims, people involved with the organization of WYD safety concerns are of primary importance.

“The tragedy in Paris showed that peace and security in Europe is at risk. We hope that these issues will be resolved, that there will not be a threat,” said the Metropolitan of Krakow Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, responding to journalists’ questions.

“Europe along with the United States has strength enough in order that Europe, including Poland, continue feeling safe, and that simultaneously not only WYD in Poland, but also the European Football Championships in Paris be able to take place in security, in peace, what Europe ought to have,” added Cardinal Dziwisz.

The Organizing Committee is in close cooperation with the departments responsible for ensuring security at a national and international level.

As Fr. Grzegorz Suchodolski, secretary general of the OC WYD, assures, in the emerging situation we must behave like every adult citizen and Christian – we express our solidarity with all victims of terrorism on earth. As believers, we give assurance of our prayers.

 

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In WYD’s social media, a prayer campaign is being carried out. Volunteers and participants of WYD pray for peace on earth with the slogan, “PRAY FOR PEACE”.

 

Source: Krakow 2016

The Poor Must Not Be Excluded from World Youth Day, says Polish Bishop

The Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty.

Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland, which is hosting the international celebration, said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this Year of Mercy.”

“We’re well aware how much deprivation, unemployment and neglect there is, and this requires from us all sensitivity and solidarity with the poorest, so they won’t feel left out,” he said on Friday, as preparations continued for the event set for July 26-31 next year in the southern Polish city.

Any assistance to young people should, Bishop Muskus explained, reflect “a compromise between awareness of youth possibilities and organisational needs and costs,” but also should adhere to the event’s theme, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

Meanwhile, Cardinal Stanislaw Diwisz of Krakow said he was counting on participation by young people from all over the world, “and not only young Christians.”

“We need a new view of the church, which is the risen Christ’s gift to the world and all generations. But we also need enthusiasm in the faith, since this enthusiasm is often extinguished under the ashes of daily hardships and weaknesses,” Cardinal Dziwisz said in a homily (Click here to read more).

The World Youth Day 2016 and ECY-Philippines

Dear friends in youth ministry,
 
The Lord is risen!  He is risen indeed!
 
It is in the joy of Easter that I present to you the invitation of our ECY Chairman, Most Rev. LEOPOLDO C. JAUCIAN, SVD, DD, Bishop of Bangued, to the World Youth Day 2016 via the delegation of our episcopal conference which we call “ECY-Philippines”.
 
In relation, please find attached the following:
1) Letter of the ECY Chairman
 
We request for careful reading of these, and for the favor of your reply via the reply slip which we hope to receive anytime until May 11.
 
Should you have pertinent inquiries, please feel free to contact us by replying to this email: secretariat@cbcp-ecy.ph or by using any of our contact details below.
 
Thank you for your kind attention!  May we take this occasion to wish you a most blessed Easter season and a joyful Divine Mercy Sunday!
 
 
Yours in the mercy of the Risen Lord,
 
Rev. Fr. CONEGUNDO B. GARGANTA
Executive Secretary
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