World Youth Day in Krakow
World Youth Day goes on
Photo: Franziska Strecker

On Sunday, the World Youth Day XXXI in Krakow with 1.5 million pilgrims came to the end. An eventful week lies behind the many young participants of World Youth Day in Krakow and of course the Nightfever Initiative was also there. Here you can look at the photos.

In addition to the well-attended International Nightfever evening on Thursday, July 28th, at St. Kazimierza and the night-worship on “Campus Misericordiae”, the initiative ran catechesis churches on three days. Following the Mass and Catechesis the young people had the opportunity to ask the Bishop of the respective day, i.e. Bishop Stephan Ackermann (Wednesday), Bishop Dr. Felix Genn (Thursday) and Bishop Dr. Udo Bentz (Friday), their questions about the topic of the catechesis and on topics which are actually touching young people. Interesting conversation arose about how it would be possible to be merciful in the relentless time we are living in, about the church’s position on same-sex partnerships, and why there is actually celibacy. In addition, the young people also asked questions which touched them concretely during WYD: so a young woman asked auxiliary bishop Bentz whether he was afraid, regarding the current security situation and the horrendous attacks and bombings of recent days and weeks, when he was thinking that so many young Christians would jointly celebrate their religion at the World Youth Day and then around 1.5 million people sleep outdoors on “Campus Misericordiae”.

In the Sending-Mass on Sunday Pope Francis invoked the young people not to fall back into the usual daily routine. “We can say that World Youth Day begins today and continues tomorrow, in your homes, since that is where Jesus wants to meet you from now on. The Lord doesn’t want to remain in this beautiful city, or in cherished memories alone.  He wants to enter your homes, to dwell in your daily lives: in your studies, your first years of work, your friendships and affections, your hopes and dreams.”, Pope Francis said.

And also the location of the next World Youth Day has already been set: at the end of the Mass, Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in 2019 in Panamá!

On Sunday, the World Youth Day XXXI in Krakow with 1.5 million pilgrims came to the end. An eventful week lies behind the many young participants of World Youth Day in Krakow and of course the Nightfever Initiative was also there. Here you can look at the photos.

In addition to the well-attended International Nightfever evening on Thursday, July 28th, at St. Kazimierza and the night-worship on “Campus Misericordiae”, the initiative ran catechesis churches on three days. Following the Mass and Catechesis the young people had the opportunity to ask the Bishop of the respective day, i.e. Bishop Stephan Ackermann (Wednesday), Bishop Dr. Felix Genn (Thursday) and Bishop Dr. Udo Bentz (Friday), their questions about the topic of the catechesis and on topics which are actually touching young people. Interesting conversation arose about how it would be possible to be merciful in the relentless time we are living in, about the church’s position on same-sex partnerships, and why there is actually celibacy. In addition, the young people also asked questions which touched them concretely during WYD: so a young woman asked auxiliary bishop Bentz whether he was afraid, regarding the current security situation and the horrendous attacks and bombings of recent days and weeks, when he was thinking that so many young Christians would jointly celebrate their religion at the World Youth Day and then around 1.5 million people sleep outdoors on “Campus Misericordiae”.

In the Sending-Mass on Sunday Pope Francis invoked the young people not to fall back into the usual daily routine. “We can say that World Youth Day begins today and continues tomorrow, in your homes, since that is where Jesus wants to meet you from now on. The Lord doesn’t want to remain in this beautiful city, or in cherished memories alone.  He wants to enter your homes, to dwell in your daily lives: in your studies, your first years of work, your friendships and affections, your hopes and dreams.”, Pope Francis said.

And also the location of the next World Youth Day has already been set: at the end of the Mass, Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in 2019 in Panamá!

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