25 Jul 2016

Limerick heads to WYD2016

There are almost 100 pilgrims traveling from Limerick to World Youth Day today. This is the diocesan pilgrimage group as they leave Shannon airport (including SS102fm's own Lorraine Buckley!) - we wish them, the Polish pilgrimage, pilgrims traveling with the Franciscans Friars of the Renewal and other groups all the very best. Pray for us as we pray for you all. ‪#‎wyd2016

Press release from Limerick Diocese with comments from Bishop Brendan available HERE.

Following WDY2016 online through the Facebook page and also on Twitter with #wyd2016

July 25-31, 2016 - World Youth Day is scheduled to be held in Krakow, Poland.
World Youth Day was created by Pope John Paul II after large turnouts at the 1984 Jubilee of Young People and the 1985 gathering for the International Year of Youth in Rome. orld Youth Day has been held every year since 1986. It is celebrated every two to three years with a large international gathering, and on off years, there is a smaller celebration in Rome.
During the big international events attendees spend time visiting the host country, performing community service, visiting dioceses, and participating in festival events.
Papal Mass is held on the closing Sunday of the event after a vigil on the Saturday night.
The official song of 2016 World Youth Day is "Light of the World."
The light of the world
The salt of the earth,
We scatter the darkness
When love becomes our way.

The light of the world

Christ is our light.
We shine with his brightness,
The reflection of his light

From day to day!
Past World Youth Days:
July 23-28, 2013
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 million attend the final Mass.
August 16-21, 2011
Madrid, Spain
1,400,000-2,000,000 attendees
Spain became the first country besides Italy to host WYD for a second time.
July 15-20, 2008
Sydney, Australia. Pope Benedict XVI makes his first trip to Australia to deliver the final Mass at the gathering.
500,000 attend
August 16-21, 2005
Cologne, Germany
400,000 attend
July 23-28, 2002
Toronto, Canada
800,000 attended mass presided by the Pope.
August 15-20, 2000
Rome, Italy
Over 2 million attendees; Dubbed the "Catholic Woodstock"
Featured concerts and prayer services.
300 portable confessionals were set up around the Colosseum and Circus Maximus arena.
2000 priests were on hand to hear confessions in over 30 languages.
August 21-24, 1997
Paris, France
Over 500,000 attendees
Over 1 million attended mass at Longchamps Race Track
Pope at mass: "there is more to life than films and pop music."
January 14-16, 1995
Manila, Philippines
450,000 attendees
Up to 5 million attended mass.
Pope had to use a helicopter to get to the stage.
1993 - Denver, Colorado
1991 - Czestochowa, Poland
1989 - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
1987 - Buenos Aries, Argentina
1986 - Rome, Italy

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