Bishop Rhoades leads pilgrims to World Youth Day

137 pilgrims from across the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend will be traveling to the 29th World Youth Day in Krakow Poland from July 21 to August 1. 

Photos, videos, interviews and reflections will be posted daily at www.diocesefwsb.org/wyd capturing the experiences of the pilgrimage under the theme of  “Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy”  — Matthew 5:7

Below are a few of the highlights of the trip. A full description can be found on the website and through following the travels of the pilgrims on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

Thursday, July 21 — Depart from Chicago O’Hare airport

Friday, July 22 — Arrive in Warsaw, Poland. Visit the Shrine of Fr. Jerzy Popieluzko. 

Saturday, July 23 — Travel to Czestochowa, Mass at the Chapel at Jasna Gora Monastery before Icon of the Black Madonna.

Sunday, July 24 — Celebrate Mass in the Square in Wadowice, the birth place of St. John Paul II.

Monday, July 25 — Visit the Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Tuesday, July 26 — Celebrate the World Youth Day Opening Mass in Błonia Park.

Wednesday, July 27 — Youth Festival & MercyFest USA opens with concerts, talks, exhibits, and music in Market Square.

Thursday, July 28 — Pope Francis arrives in Krakow.

Friday, July 29 — The Youth Festival & “Catechesis on the Way” continues.

Saturday, July 30 — The pilgrims will walk approximately 18 miles round-trip to the vigil site for an evening vigil with Pope Francis “Campus Misericordiae Krakow” or Campus of Mercy. Pilgrims will camp out overnight at the site. 

Sunday, July 31 — The World Youth Day Closing Mass will take place with Pope Francis. 

Monday, August 1 — Pilgrims depart Krakow for home

Posted on July 6, 2016, to: