Young Catholics from Dunkeld Diocese, Scotland arrive in Krakow at the start of World Youth Day 2016 to be joined by Bishop Robson.
Sung Evening Prayer with the Dioceses from Scotland at Kraków. “When Christ our Lord to Andrew cried”.
Dunkeld’s saltire was used to gather the signatures of young p people from around the globe. More than 800 bishops from over 185 countries will attend the celebrations with an estimated 2 million young Catholics.
The rain falls on the righteous – and so it did in Kraków’s Błonia park – but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the pilgrims who were gathered for the opening Mass.
Principal celebrant, Polands Cardinal Dziwisz, told the young people, “You have come from all continents and nations, from the east and west, north and south of our globe. You bring with you many experiences. You bring many desires. You speak numerous languages. But starting today, we are going to communicate with each other in the language of the Gospel — a language of love, brotherhood, solidarity and peace.”
One young youth leader from Perth found herself caught up by the celebrations – waving her Saltire high above the crowds. Hima Jose, from Perth, said “It’s truly awesome to be a part of the World Youth Day. I feel really blessed. Young people from all around the world in one place and they are amazingly friendly. Enjoying the concerts and of course the food. Can’t wait for the Pope’s arrival”.
Wednesday – 27th July
Morning Catechesis with the English speaking pilgrims was led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York). He told them that the ultimate decision is I want God, I need God, I need a saviour, I need his mercy. The time for that decision is now.
Soaking up the atmosphere in Krakow
..and the evening ends with Adoration
Thursday 28th July
The world’s youngest Cardinal, Cardinal Mafi, Bishop of Tonga encourages all to find the warmth of being touch by God’s mercy during this morning’s catechesis for English speaking Catholics – Bishop Stephen is among those listening to his message.
This afternoon our young pilgrims are waiting for the arrival of the Holy Father at Błonia park. Rebekah Haine (St Columba’s, Cupar) told us, “It was amazing being above the crowd, seeing everyone come together from different countries having fun joining in praise and worship. It was breathtaking!!”