World Youth Day Krakow 2016


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This summer, 40 representatives from St. John and St. Paul parishes will be traveling to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016. Initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1986, World Youth Day attracts more than one million young people from almost every country. World Youth Day (WYD) is an opportunity for the youth of our parishes to learn about their faith and to build bridges of friendship and hope between continents, people, and cultures. The week-long event culminates with Mass with the Holy Father.


We invite you to watch a video of the St Paul Wellesley Group Pilgrimage to WYD Rio in 2013. It will give you a good sense of what World Youth Day is all about.


Parental Comments From Previous World Youth Days

Three years ago our oldest son went on the WYD Rio trip at the conclusion of his junior year of high school.  The entire experience was so much more than he expected.  Upon returning to Boston, he spoke of being quite moved by powerful and touching words delivered by Cardinal Sean at one youth event. He was awestruck at the sheer number of Catholics attending from all over the world and the impact of its meaning, particularly at the Copacabana Beach event. Lastly, during the past three years, he has continued to nourish the deep bonds of friendship and faith that were formed among his parish participants as well as others within the Archdiocese of Boston. Three relationships were enriched following WYD - his relationship with himself, his faith and others. This summer we are excited that another son will attend WYD Krakow and look forward to the growth it will bring.






The logo for WYD Krakow 2016 is enclosed in the outline of Poland. In its center there is a cross which represents Jesus Christ who is the centre of the meeting. Yellow circle marks Krakow on the map of Poland and also represents the youth. The spark of the Divine Mercy flows out of the cross, its shape and color refer to the painting 'Jesus I Trust In You'. 

The logo is a graphic illustration of the words "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7) that have been chosen as the theme of the meeting. The colors used in the logo are: blue, red and yellow and they refer to the official colors of Krakow and it's crests.



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