On Saturday, July 30, Pope Francis attended the World Youth Day Prayer Vigil at the Campus Misercordiae outside Krakow. The vigil included prayer, a massive altar, and five live dance performances; a description of the event is below. Watch the dance performances here.
The prayer vigil will take place between Krakow and Wieliczka, at the field which has already been named Campus Misericordiae. The name of this place is very significant: it was named by the people who prepared this area for the meeting that will take place between the youth and the Holy Father. They have built a house here for those who suffer which will remain as a testimony of faith as a result of this encounter.
Dear young people, you have come to Krakow to meet Jesus. Today’s Gospel speaks to us of just such a meeting between Jesus and a man named Zacchaeus, in Jericho (cf. Lk 19:1-10). There Jesus does not simply preach or greet people; as the Evangelist tells us, he passed through the city (v. 1). In other words, Jesus wants to draw near to us personally, to accompany our journey to its end, so that his life and our life can truly meet.
On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Pope Francis presided over the prayer vigil during the World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland:
Dear young people, good evening! It is good to be here with you at this Prayer Vigil!
At the end of his powerful and moving witness, Rand asked something of us. He said: “I earnestly ask you to pray for my beloved country”. This story involving war, grief and loss, ended with a request for prayers. Is there a better way for us to begin our vigil than by praying?
Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Vicar of Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn and CEO of DeSales Media Group, delivered the invocation on Monday night, July 18, at the Republican National Convention.
Full text of prayer is below. Watch video here.
New Evangelization Television (NET TV) and The Tablet will have journalists on the ground in Krakow, Poland delivering in-depth reports for World Youth Day 2016. Currents news correspondent Michelle Powers and The Tablet reporter Maria-Pia Negro Chin will be embedded with nearly one million teenagers and young adults as they convene with Pope Francis for seven days of prayer, music, and cultural exchanges. In addition to in-depth reports broadcast nightly on Currents and published in the The Tablet’s weekly edition, reporters will be sharing pictures and video on social media including on Currents’ Facebook and Twitter pages and on The Tablet’s Facebook and Twitter pages with #WYDOB. NET TV will also broadcast Pope Francis’ Masses and other World Youth Day events in their entirety. For a complete schedule of live and taped broadcasts click here.
The USCCB calls upon the Catholic Dioceses and parishes across the U.S. to hold firm, stand fast, and defend religious freedom on this fifth annual Fortnight For Freedom. Archbishop William Lori will kick off the Fortnight for Freedom at 7PM from the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore.
NET TV will bring you the Opening Mass LIVE at 7PM on Tuesday, June 21 and the Closing Mass on Monday, July 4th at 12 Noon.
Diocese of Brooklyn Non-Partisan Voter Registration Drive!
The Diocese is undertaking a massive voter registration drive, with schools and academies registering parents of students from June 6 through June 10, and our parishes featuring voter registration tables outside of Sunday Masses on June 12. This service to our parishioners and parents is useful for those who need to register for the first time, update their registration, change their party affiliation, or simply make sure they are registered voters. To participate or volunteer, see your pastor or school principal for details.
Dear brothers and sisters,
I thank God for being here, on Chiapaneca soil. It feels good to be here on this soil, on this land; it is good to be here in this place which, with you here, has a family flavour, a home flavour. I give thanks for your faces and your presence; I give thanks to God because of the heart-beat of his presence in your families. I also thank you, families and friends, for giving us your witness, for opening to us the doors of your homes, the doors of your lives; you have allowed us to sit with you sharing both in the bread that nourishes you and in the sweat of your brow as you face the difficulties of every day. It is the bread representing the joys, the hopes and the hard sweat with which you confront sadness, disillusion and failings. I thank you for allowing me to enter into your families, your homes, and to sit at your tables.
Below is the full text of Pope Francis’ words to the youth of Mexico at José María Morellos y Pavón Stadium, Morelia, Mexico:
Dear young friends,
Good afternoon. When I arrived in this country I received a warm welcome. I saw something which I have sensed for a long time: the vitality, the joy, and the festive spirit of the Mexican people. And now [ahorita]… after listening to you, but particularly after seeing you, I am also certain about something else, something I said to the President of the nation when I arrived. One of Mexico’s greatest treasures is that it has a youthful face: its young people. Yes, you are the wealth of this land. I did not say the hope of this land, but its wealth.