Category Archives: WYD

What might it be like to tweet with God?

By Dennis Sadowski KRAKOW, Poland — To reach young people, Father Michel Remery believes you’ve got to go to where they are. Today that means using social media. Father Remery, a priest of the Diocese of Rotterdam, Netherlands, and vice … Continue reading

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In midst of Syrian war, young people celebrate World Youth Day

As World Youth Day pilgrims gathered for a July 30 prayer vigil with Pope Francis in Poland, about 1,200 young people came together in Aleppo, Syria, to celebrate their own version of the international event. The July 29-30 gathering in … Continue reading

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Twice lucky: Young Pole spends time with Pope Francis

By Dennis Sadowski KRAKOW, Poland — For the second day in a row, Andrej Witas got to spend some time with Pope Francis at World Youth Day. Witas, 26, sat in his wheelchair with his father in a special section … Continue reading

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Downpour doesn’t dampen enthusiasm of WYD pilgrims

By Dennis Sadowski KRAKOW, Poland — What’s a little summer downpour among friends? Priscilla Ho and her friends from St. Francis Xavier Church in Vancouver, British Columbia, took an afternoon thundershower in stride as they made their way through Krakow’s … Continue reading

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At Krakow airport, volunteers sport smile, deep sense of faith

By Dennis Sadowski KRAKOW, Poland — If it wasn’t Michel Zak’s smile that World Youth Day pilgrims noticed as they arrived at Krakow’s John Paul II Airport, they were sure to see the enormous baby blue foam hand he was … Continue reading

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Pilgrim cheat sheet for World Youth Day in Krakow

There’s so much to experience in Krakow and its surroundings that it’s difficult to parse a list of helpful tips and favorites. However, while traveling with Poles around Poland last year, CNS contributor Nancy Wiechec was able to come up … Continue reading

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Why rain in Spain is to blame for student’s new odyssey to Rome

By Elliot Williams VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis released his annual message for World Youth Day last week, I couldn’t help but recall my own experience as a pilgrim four years ago. The trip was surreal. I had barely traveled … Continue reading

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