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WYD 2013: Kraków will host next World Youth Day in 2016

By on Sunday, 28 July 2013

A Polish group celebrates the announcement in Rio today (AP)

A Polish group celebrates the announcement in Rio today (AP)

The Polish city of Kraków will be the site of the next World Youth Day, in 2016.

Pope Francis made the announcement shortly after celebrating the final Mass of this year’s World Youth Day before a crowd of more than three million people on Copacabana Beach.

Upon hearing the Pope’s words, young pilgrims from Poland shouted joyfully, waving red and white Polish flags.

“It is a joy, an honour and a great responsibility for us,” Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz of Kraków said in a statement, noting that 2016 will mark the 1,050th anniversary of the establishment of Christianity in Poland.

Kraków is the former episcopal see of Blessed John Paul II, who founded the tradition of World Youth Day in 1986.

The 2016 event will be the second World Youth Day to take place in Poland, after the 1991 celebration in Częstochowa.

  • NatOns

    God bless of Pope!

  • William Polakiewicz Sr.

    Praise the Lord, and God bless Pope Francis.

  • Jadwiga Slomka

    God bless the Pope! I shall hopefully go to Poland (my home land, even though I live in Britain) for the next world youth day and see you all there!

  • Matthew bigas

    Where be mass in Poland

  • aspiring lay capuchin

    another vast waste of time and expense gathering. Money would be better spent sponsering soup kitchens in poor nations so that young children can have a free evening meal. Its another distraction from the sexual abuse crisis?

  • Julian Lord

    Works of Mercy towards the Youth of the World through Evangelisation are exactly as important as Works of Charity towards the hungry.

    Therefore, the Church does both.

    Either sell your computer and your other personal goods and give the money to the poor, or stop uncharitably criticising the Charity of others.

  • Quo Primum

    In a blatant challenge to Catholic morality , the WYD-2013, ending in Rio, set a landmark low in customs: Girls from all over the world were allowed to wear bikinis. This means to expose their bodies in order to be seen and desired by the opposite sex as far as conceivable. One step further either on the top or bottom garment would mean explicit nudism.

    The WYDs thus reach the final limit toward which they were heading; the only thing left is promoting overt nudism and encouraging participants to take part in orgies.

    One wonders if this step was not intended by the religious authorities when they chose Copacabana, perhaps the most immoral beach in the world, to host the WYD 2013. So, to fit in with the bold fame of the beach, thousands of girls sneaked a bikini in their bags, just in case… Once they were on that beach and the sun showed up, the case obviously materialized, and they appeared in bikinis.
    The Holy Family would be proud!!!! Another great invention of the conciliar church. The Saints are rolling over in their graves! Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have Mercy on us!!!

  • Neocat

    Young people are a disgrace to their elders in every age, they probably don’t know what the fuss is about.

  • Julian Lord

    Girls from all over the world were allowed to wear bikinis

    What until last week was a bucolic, grass-covered, tree-lined park
    worthy of welcoming any pope, currently looks more like a Florida swamp. Mud and sludge alternates with improvised lakes and marshes – the result of days and nights of incessant rainfall.

  • Quo Primum

    Touche my brother…..but, nevertheless, still no justification for immodesty at a “catholic gathering”! Maybe they should’ve taken the rain as a sign from Heaven to cancel!
    “there is no such thing as coincidence.”-St. Thomas Aquinas

  • jOE sCHMO

    Criticism can be holy!

  • guestguy

    I saw this picture that I found hilarious, a few pictures actually. One of them showed 2 nuns standing on the beach surrounded by bikini clad girls, the other showed 2 monks presumably watching said bikini clad girls.

  • Jamie

    I have to argue, I’m 15, a big fan of Traditionalism and Catholic Teaching etc. BUT SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE go to these places as lukewarm Catholics or Atheists, and always come back SO moved by the Church, and how active and caring she is, guided by the Holy Spirit and headed by Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, the sure head and cornerstone.

    Julian is right. The Church is already and always will be the most charitable institution on the planet, and whilst the physical health of the poor and sick is amazing, the Church’s main mission is for the SALVATION OF SOULS. And that, my friends, is the EXACT reason for World Youth Day; Evangelisation.

    God bless, and maintain great hope in the young Church, piety and fervour for Our Blessed Lord will provide the world with grace.

  • Quo Primum

    Jamie-First, there is no exception for sin. Call it what you want-”evangelisation”, being “moved”…This is the problem with the modern ‘church’ today. The corrupt people in it have numbed society into believing a different religion. Read Sacra Propedium-”One can not sufficiently deplore the blindness of so many women of every age and station. Made foolish by a desire to please, they do not see to what degree the indecency of their clothing shocks every honest man and offends God. Most of them would formerly have blushed for such apparel as for a grave fault against Catholic modesty.
    Now it does not suffice to exhibit themselves on public thoroughfares; they do not fear to cross the threshold of churches, to assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and even to bear the seducing food of shameful passions to the Eucharistic Table, where one receives the Heavenly author of Purity.”

    Now tell me that Benedict XV would find the attire appropriate. Are you telling me that Pope St. Pius X, or Pius XII, or Pope St. Sylvester, or Christ the King Himself would wade through this crowd, or not speak up (which they did in the encyclical I stated) and remove themselves from such a disgusting atrocity. We, as Catholics can not stand for compromise. To compromise morals for “spreading the word” is gravely sinful.
    Second, I am not your friend, but your brother in Christ, and the Church’s main mission is to be the Earthly vessel by which God Almighty gives us the ability and grace to attain salvation. NOT lower Her standards and compromise all that She stands for to “evangelise” and have catholic woodstocks. What a sad state in the world when the Vicar of Christ is present among rock and roll, and bikini clad women all in the name of saving souls!!! Don’t ever compromise my brother….don’t ever!!

  • Julian Lord

    I take it that you do not live in a hot climate.

    People down here on the Mediterranean (for example) don’t dress “immodestly”, they wear very light clothing due to the constant 24/7 heat of summer.

  • Martlet

    Perhaps His Holiness is not so perturbed by the sight of young people in beach-wear. You are, quite frankly Quo Primum, sounding a little like the Taliban, blaming women for men’s sins. I am all for modesty, but why should women have to suffer the heat while men run around in shorts? These young folk were on a beach, for goodness sake. What did you want the girls to wear? Best frocks, heels and hats?

  • Jean

    I was hoping the next World Youth Day would be held somewhere in Africa, as that continent sorely needs something like this. How about having one in South Africa sometime soon, or another African country.

  • andreaaa

    I can’t wait :)

  • Julia I

    I can’t wait for World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland. Thank you Pope John Paul II for gathering the youth of the world together. It’s such an amazing pilgrimage. This would be my fifth time going to World Youth Day.