“Blessed are the merciful”. These words of Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount set the scene for the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis for the year 2016.
2016 is a significant year not just for the Church at large but also for the Archdiocese of Cardiff which celebrates the Centenary of its foundation. Pope Francis has also invited young people from all over the world to join him in the Polish city of Kraków for the World Youth Day events in July. Kraków is the city of mercy, not least through its connection with St. Faustina, Pope John Paul II and its significance in the falling of the Iron Curtain and collapse of communism. Fifty young people from the Archdiocese of Cardiff will make a two week long visit to Poland in order to celebrate with the Holy Father.
They will leave Cardiff by coach on 19th July, travelling first to Bialystok in north eastern Poland to spend “Days in the Diocese”. This will be a time of acclimatisation and community, engaging in prayer and social activities with young people of other nationalities. This time will include a visit to the Mercy of God Sanctuary and to Sokolka, the site of devotion to a Eucharistic miracle.
On 25th July the group will travel to Krakow to join an estimated 2 million young people from all over the world, experiencing the universality of the church in an extraordinary way. On the way, they will visit the Auschwitz concentration camp and pray for those who died there in such appalling circumstances. Pope John Paul II called Auschwitz “the Golgotha of the modern world”. It will be particularly moving to pray in the cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Franciscan who volunteered his life in order to save the life of another prisoner.
In Kraków itself the group will engage in catechesis from English speaking Cardinals and Bishops. They will visit the Divine Mercy Sanctuary and be part of the great welcome to Pope Francis and join him in prayer. They will also participate in the great Mass of Thanksgiving he will celebrate on Sunday 31st July.
Your support is needed
The estimated cost of the pilgrimage is in the region of £40,000 for the entire group. Our young pilgrims have already begun fund raising in order to cover the cost of £800. Your encouragement on this extraordinary journey of faith is both needed and appreciated.
For up to date information on this pilgrimage to the city of mercy, please visit our website http://cardiff2krakow.org
If you would like to help get our young people to this great city you can donate to the pilgrimage in four ways:
- via our JustGiving page –https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/archdiocese-cardiff/c2kwyd/
- by text – simply text WYDC16 and the amount to 70070 eg. WYDC16 £10
- by cheque – payable to ‘Archdiocese of Cardiff’ and sent to WYD Finance, Archbishop’s House, 43 Cathedral Road, Cardiff. CF11 9HD. Simply mark ‘WYD’ on the back of the cheque.
- by shopping online using easyfundraising. Simply visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/cawydp/ and see if you can find an outlet you use online to buy your items. When you approach the online store though our easyfundraising link, the store will donate a small percentage of what you spend to the Cardiff Archdiocese World Youth Day Pilgrimage.