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World Youth Day and the selfie

Many things can be said about the recent World Youth Day in Poland; the hospitality; the enthusiasm of the young people; Pope Francis and his electrifying smile, the depth of his message, his fall (which could happen to anyone); the Catholic impact on the Polish culture; the universal character of the Church and more.








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In communion with World Youth Day

ZHOUZHI (SE): A Franciscan summer parish youth camp in Zhouzhi, Shaanxi province, chose Follow St. Francis and live the Jubilee as its theme. It ran from July 15 to 23 in the run up to the celebration of World Youth Day in Poland.

As the young Catholics prepared to be in spiritual communion with the hundreds of thousands in Krakow, the Franciscan community in the diocese organised a nine-day camp.

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Mini Youth Day in Manila

MANILA (UCAN): Hundreds of young people held their own World Youth Day in Parañaque on July 31 to coincide with the conclusion of the international gathering in Krakow, Poland.

“The pope may not be here to celebrate with us, but I can feel his presence through the camaraderie,” Hazel Daradar, an 18-year old student, said.

Daradar said hearing stories from those in Poland and former World Youth Day delegates has brought us to where they were.

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Syrian voice at Youth Day

KRAKOW (Agencies): Staying sane, let alone being happy in the face of non-stop death and violence that has become part of everyday life in the Middle East can be a bit of a challenge, but Rand Mittri, from the ravaged city of Aleppo in Syria, said in a testimony at World Youth Day in Krakow that she is able to face each day with joy.

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Beware paralysis of shame

KRAKÓW (SE): As over one million people pressed around the altar set up at Campus Misericordiae (Field of Mercy) for the closing Mass of World Youth Day on July 31, in stark contrast to the opening Mass on July 26 the sun shone its warmth on the grassy field and the heavens smiled on the cherished memories held in each heart.

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World Youth Day remembers those who could not get there

ROME (SE): “We pray and appeal for young Christians who could not go to Poland. We want to show that we care about other young people who could not come to Poland because of war, persecution, hunger or other problems,” Ursula Adamowicz, the coordinator the City of Mercy booth at World Youth Day in Poland, said.

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Pope’s message to Youth Day

VATICAN (SE): In greeting the estimated two million delegates to the 31st World Youth Day as they were gathering in Poland, Pope Francis said he is praying that their trip may be safe and that the hopes and expectations that they bring with them will be fulfilled.

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