World Youth Day

World Youth Day

Jesus sends. From the beginning he wants his Church to be a Church on the move, a Church that goes out into the world
— Pope Francis

Krakow, Poland

In July over 2 million young people, including 50 cardinals, 800 bishops and 20,000 priests from around the world, attended the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.

En route to Krakow, 5000 young people from 79 countries gathered in Lodz for Chemin Neuf’s ‘Paradise in the City’ Festival. 

Among this year’s speakers were Pete Greig, founder of 24-7 Prayer, Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Tagle.

"Prayer propels us out of a place of adoration into a place of intercession; a place where the intimacy with the Father becomes engagement and action" – Pete Greig

"Prayer propels us out of a place of adoration into a place of intercession; a place where the intimacy with the Father becomes engagement and action" – Pete Greig

“If we are not one, the world gets the wrong message of Jesus. If we don't go forward in unity, we go backwards.” – Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

“If we are not one, the world gets the wrong message of Jesus. If we don't go forward in unity, we go backwards.” – Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

Ben Woodman and Jason Ballard, presenters of the Alpha Youth Film Series, delivered a workshop on ‘How to share your faith with your friends.’

Their three top tips are: 

1. Pray for them
2. Share your story
3. Journey with them

"If it wasn’t for the disciples whatever it takes mentality to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we would not be here today. We need to be intentional about sharing our faith."– Jason Ballard, Alpha Youth Film Series

"If it wasn’t for the disciples whatever it takes mentality to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, we would not be here today. We need to be intentional about sharing our faith."– Jason Ballard, Alpha Youth Film Series

It was so encouraging to meet thousands of young people interested in Alpha and showing the world that the Catholic Church is alive, vibrant, and on a mission! Cardinal Stanislas Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, opened the World Youth Days by asking young Catholics to share their faith worldwide. 

"We come from every nation under heaven, like those who came in great numbers to Jerusalem on Pentecost Day, but there are incomparably more of us now than 2,000 years ago, because we are accompanied by centuries of preaching the Gospel." – Cardinal Stanislas Dziwisz

"We come from every nation under heaven, like those who came in great numbers to Jerusalem on Pentecost Day, but there are incomparably more of us now than 2,000 years ago, because we are accompanied by centuries of preaching the Gospel." – Cardinal Stanislas Dziwisz

One of our highlights was Emmanuel’s Story being shown to 2 million pilgrims after the Way of the Cross on Friday in Krakow's Błonia Park. 

The joy that you have freely received from God, freely give away (cf. Mt 10:8): so many people are waiting for it!
— Pope Francis

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