700 young people from the Diocese of Jerusalem to attend World Youth Day in Krakow
HOLY LAND – At the invitation from Pope Francis, the 31st World Youth Day will be held in Krakow from July 26 to August 1. Many young people from several parishes in the the Holy Land will participate in this gathering, including 5 youth from Gaza.
World Youth Day (WYD) is a great event for the pastoral care of young people of the Diocese of Jerusalem. While only 30 youth could go to Rio de Janiero in July 2013, over 700 young people will go to Krakow this year to meet nearly 2.5 million young people from all over the world. Among them are about 100 Jordanians, close to 200 Palestinians, Maronite and Greek Catholic youth from Galilee, a group from the Hebrew Speaking Catholic parishes and a large number of young people from the Neo-Catechumenal group, bringing together young people from Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Cyprus. The big news is that five young people from Gaza will be able to join. Special permits are granted for this occasion and all of them will leave from the airport in Tel Aviv.
WYD will be for all these young people, an opportunity to better explore, discover and experience the universality of the Church, through the theme: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7), which fits within the Holy Year of Mercy, as explained by Pope Francis in his Message for the 31st World Youth Day. This universality of the Church is already expressed through the anthem of world youth day, translated in many languages including Arabic.
Before the participants depart for this great pilgrimage and an encounter with the Pope, several meetings are being held to prepare the them for this unique experience. The meetings will also be opportunities to prepare, organize and put together cultural and spiritual pamphlets and hymn booklets that will accompany them during the two weeks that they are in Poland. The Latin Patriarchate delegation will be in Poland one week before the Pope arrives, to participate in the Days in the Dioceses. The group’s host is the Diocese of Warzawa-Praga, which has taken the biblical name Bethlehem, where they will live a week of mission, responding to the desire of Pope Francis that the “Church rediscover the sense of mission entrusted by the Lord on the day of Easter: be a sign and instrument of the Father’s mercy.” This week will also be a time of cultural discovery and meeting with Polish Christian families.
The World Youth Day will be also for young people of the Holy Land, a great opportunity to meet young Christians from around the world and share with them their way of living the faith
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