“Tolle et Lege” – “Take and read!”

Maybe none of us would have heard of St. Augustine of Hippo, if it were not for these simple words, which God directed to him: “Tolle et Lege” – “Take and read!”. This much was sufficient to start the conversion of an ordinary, sinful person into one of the greatest saints of the Church. Today, God directs these same words to each of us: take up and read the Bible, my Word!
No one is capable of telling us about God as much as He is Himself. No human word is so “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12).

Because of this, in the year of preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, we want to encourage you to read the Word together, and sharing how it truly impacts you.

We are deeply convinced that God desires even today to work in the hearts of everyone, who join in this work. Drawing on the words of our Savior: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy,” we have chosen excerpts for you that talk about His Mercy. Because we want to imitate Him, let us try in the coming year to stand in truth and to see through the light of the Word of God both our wretchedness, which demands meeting with mercy, and our greatness, which thanks to this mercy we are able to reach. Above all, let us set aflame in ourselves the desire for encountering the Mericful One!

How can we go about this?
Each month here, at www.krakow2016.com, there will be an excerpt from the Holy Bible. It will be accompanied by a prayer and a commentary together with examples of questions with which to meditate, and to reflect on in groups. Download and suggest them to Your communities, parish groups, families, groups of friends. If there are no groups of this sort in your parish – make one!

Take and read the Word: in church, on your way to work and to school, in busses, in cafés… Meet together and proclaim among yourselves the Good News about what the mercy of God has done in your life.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20). Be open to the work of the Holy Spirit; may He lead you in this prayer. Let Him transform you and read about His Mercy!

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25-31 July 2016 – World Youth Day


Spiritual preparations preceding WYD


Seven months before World Youth Day, for the inauguration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Pastoral Department of WYD Krakow 2016 has prepared a unique project: a series of meetings and conferences entitled “For us and the whole world”, which will be broadcast online and available on the Internet in nine languages.

Encouraged by Pope Francis, we want to prepare ourselves for WYD by performing works of mercy. From December 2015 to June 2016, during seven meetings, which will take place on Saturday afternoons in the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Krakow-Łagiewniki, special guests invited from Poland and abroad will introduce us to the topics of mercy and works of mercy, which are meant to be a starting point for the practical performance of mercy in life.

Thanks to the live broadcasting via Internet (in Polish and in English), and afterwards the recording and translation of the conferences into nine languages, youth from the whole world can take part in this spiritual preparation. In this way, young people will meet through prayer and listening to the Word of God long before WYD.

These meetings will be led by Tomasz Adamski and Mateusz Ochman, Internet bloggers who are known and appreciated by the young generation.

During the first part of the meeting, the hosts will speak with the invited guests about works of mercy. A film will be shown about 12 of Krakow’s Saints, whose lives can inspire us to perform mercy in life.

Following the Eucharist, the evangelizing part of the meeting will begin: a conference that will end with a prayer of praise.


The first conference “For us and the whole world” – will take place as soon as December 12th. It will be given by Antonello Cadeddu and Fr. Enrique Porcu, who are missionaries from the community of Alliance of Mercy in Brazil. The topic will be two works of mercy: admonishing sinners and feeding the hungry. Two saints – St. Stanislaus, bishop and martyr, as well as Brother Albert – will be the witnesses of mercy.


The next meetings will take place on January 16th (the guest will be Fr. Michał Olszewski SCJ) and on February 20th (Fr. Adam Szustak OP).


The conference will begin at 4.30pm.


Source: www.krakow2016.com

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,
Executive Secretary
Telephone  +63 2 5279567
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Praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for WYD Krakow

We have got used to living in a very comfortable world. Life gets easier and easier, that we can have an impression that life is good. Meanwhile, when we get down to what the average man’s life is, we can see a lot of evil and suffering. Unemployment, lack of perspectives, sickness, all add to the fear and uncertainty that seems to accompany people, including younger people, every day. Christians in this crazy world try to bring hope. World Youth Day, organised in different places around the globe, lights up the youth to bring that hope. We are aware, that alone we are weak, that we are have many difficulties, that is why we seek the power in God.Christian prayer is the time, when we learn how to be poor in spirit. Only then we are able to see, how little it really depends on us and our creativity. Choosing that way of communication with God, as the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, first we want to show ourself that God is the one, whose actions are needed. Not us, with our actions and ideas, but Him. We want to, with a Saint Paul, show each other that the love of God is free and our actions can only be the result of his action inside each of us.Pope Francis is the one who invites us to be close to people who are in bad way. “To you young people I especially entrust the task of restoring solidarity to the heart of human culture. Faced with old and new forms of poverty – unemployment, migration and addictions of various kinds  we have the duty to be alert and thoughtful, avoiding the temptation to remain indifferent. We have to remember all those who feel unloved, who have no hope for the future and who have given up on life out of discouragement, disappointment or fear. We have to learn to be on the side of the poor, and not just indulge in rhetoric about the poor! Let us go out to meet them, look into their eyes and listen to them. The poor provide us with a concrete opportunity to encounter Christ himself, and to touch his suffering flesh.”

The invitation to everyday common prayer with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a specific response to the task that the Holy Father gave us. Every Sunday of Lent, we encourage you to pray in the communities, families, circles of friends, in your environment, with the intentions proclaimed in the message of Francis Pope for World Youth Day 2014. Join us! Let us bring together the hope of God’s love to the world.

A couple of questions about the Chaplet
What is the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy?This is a unique prayer which was dictated by Jesus Himself – He is the author. The prayer reminds us that Jesus gave His life for us out of love. It serves as a reminder how much we need God and His mercy. We need Him, the whole world needs Him.What does the prayer say?

Maybe in the first place this prayer shows how worthy you are in God’s eyes. The Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus – that is what you offer to God the Father: His only Son. You offer Jesus, who put himself in your hands. Each Holy Mass reminds about that mystery.

What is most important in the Chaplet?

Trust – it’s crucial to agree with what God wants for you and for the whole world, and to believe that it is the best. To ask with trust means to know that God will answer your call in the best moment and in the best way, and not necessarily as you have planned it. He is God. Do you trust in Him?

How do we know about the prayer?

From the “Diary” of Saint Faustina. In her book, we learn that Jesus entrusted her a mission to remind the whole world of His mercy, and to encourage all peoples to trust in Him and show mercy towards each other. We learn that He gave her new ways of worshipping the Divine Mercy: the Chaplet, the prayer during the Hour of Mercy (3pm), the Image of Merciful Jesus, a new feast – the Divine Mercy Sunday, as well as proclaiming the glory to the Divine Mercy by testimony of life, deed, word and prayer.

What promises are related to the Chaplet?

The promises were made by Jesus himself, and they were written down by Saint Faustina in her “Diary”. Jesus asks us to trust in Him, i.e. to fulfill His will, and to be merciful towards each other. Such a lifestyle joined with the prayer of the Chaplet has a great power. Jesus said: “It pleases me to grant everything people ask of me by saying the Chaplet” (D. 1541), adding “if it is compatible with My will” (D. 1731). “By saying the Chaplet, you are bringing humankind closer to me” (D. 929). “Every soul (…) who says this chaplet, I defend as My own glory, at the hour of their death; or when others say it for a dying person, the pardon is the same. When this chaplet is said by the bedside of dying person, God’s anger is placated, unfathomable mercy envelops the soul” (D. 811).

Why at 3 pm?

You can pray with the words of the Chaplet at 3pm, but you don’t have to. You can say this prayer at whatever time during the whole day – always and everywhere. Whereas when the clock strikes 3pm, you are invited to stop and be with Jesus in His last moments when He is offering His life for you. You can pray to Him in your own words referring to His passion. Exactly at 3pm – that is a special time of love during the day.

An interesting detail

During a meeting held at the Vatican on Sunday November 17, 2013, Pope Francis prescribed “Misericordina” as a spiritual medicine which comes from Poland. In a box similar to a medicine box you can find rosary beads, a picture of the Merciful Jesus, and a small leaflet with information about the “medicine”. The Pope encourages us to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, noting that it helps to spread love, forgiveness, and brotherhood.  It does us good: the heart, the soul, our whole life!

More information at www.faustyna.pl/en
The abbreviation D. refers to Saint Faustina’s “Diary”, and the number refers to the particular part of that book. You can read the “Diary” at www.faustyna.pl/en

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International Meeting on WYD Rio 2013 – Krakow 2016

Sassone di Ciampino, 10 – 13 April 2014
Press release

Dear Young Friends,

How vividly I recall the remarkable meeting we had in Rio de Janeiro for the Twenty-eighth World Youth Day. It was a great celebration of faith and fellowship! […] The next stop on our intercontinental youth pilgrimage will be in Krakow in 2016. As a way of accompanying our journey together, for the next three years I would like to reflect with you on the Beatitudes found in the Gospel of Saint Matthew (5:1-12). This year we will begin by reflecting on the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3). For 2015 I suggest: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mt 5:8). Then, in 2016, our theme will be: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7).

With these words that open the Message for the 29th World Youth Day, Pope Francis summed up the spiritual path being offered to the youth of the world for the years between WYDs in Rio de Janeiro and Krakow. It is a journey that follows the way of the Beatitudes in search of “the courage of happiness”.

Youth ministry leaders from all over the world will be proceeding along this route as they meet in Rome from 10 to 13 April on the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. This will be the first international meeting concerning the event in Krakow, and it will be an important opportunity for evaluation and reflection on the part of those who work for World Youth Day. Approximately 250 delegates are expected from about 90 countries and 45 communities, associations and movements of young Catholics. The organising committees of both Rio de Janeiro 2013 and Krakow 2016 will be present.

The conference will begin on Thursday 10 April with an introductory greeting by Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The day will be devoted to assessing WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, “a celebration of faith and fellowship”. The speakers will be Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio, and members of the Rio Local Organising Committee (COL). They will review the organisational and pastoral aspects of the event, and its impact on the archdiocese of Rio and on youth ministry in Brazil. An assessment will be made of the pastoral impact of WYD 2013 on the five continents, enriched by the contributions and testimonies of the participants.

On our way to Krakow 2016” is the theme of the sessions on Friday 11 April. Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, will speak about the significance of WYD for the diocese that will host the event from 26 to 31 July 2016. This will be followed by an introduction on the Church in Poland, with particular attention given to youth ministry. The Krakow Local Organising Committee will be introduced. They will give an initial presentation of the organisation of WYD 2016 and will open discussion on the projects, ideas and pastoral dynamics of the event.

Saturday 12 April will be an opportunity to reflect together on the subject of “The integration of WYD in regular youth ministry”. Bishop Josef Clemens, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will speak about the Church’s commitment to the young from John Paul II to Pope Francis. This will be followed by a panel discussion on the expectations of young people. The panel will include Rev. Daniel Ange, founder of the Jeunesse Lumière school of prayer and evangelisation, Chiara Amirante, founder of the Nuovi Orizzonti Community, and Dr. Bernhard Meuser, promoter and co-author of Youcat. Then, with the contributions of the delegates, focus will be placed on how youth ministry responds to the new challenges presented by the pontificate of Pope Francis in different parts of the world.

On Sunday 13 April, the delegates will attend Palm Sunday Mass presided by Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Square and the Rome diocesan celebration of the 29th World Youth Day. The Meeting will conclude at the San Lorenzo International Youth Centre.

Source: www.laici.va