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Maryknoll students at World Youth Day

Beatrice Lau and Stephanie Young, from the Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong, reflect on their experience at World Youth Day in Europe during July and August

 

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Maryknoll students at World Youth Day

 

Jasmine Lo and Nicole Tong, from the Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon Tong, reflect on their experience at World Youth Day in Europe during July and August

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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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Forgiving enemies is not so easy

KRAKOW (SE): “I asked Jesus for the grace to forgive every time I pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. But instead of praying ‘For the sake of his sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world,’ I pray ‘have mercy on the Islamic State and on the whole world’,” Christina Shabo, who was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled the bombing in Iraq in 1991, said in a testimony on July 29 at World Youth Day in Krakow.

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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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Blocked from Youth Day

KRAKÓW (AsiaNews): A group of 50 young people headed to Poland for World Youth Day was taken off a plane at Beijing airport on July 25. The aircraft was reported to have been queuing for takeoff at the runway, when it was recalled to the terminal.

The young people said that they were admonished before being sent home with orders not to contact anyone abroad. The incident was reported by a young person already in Poland, who got the information from a priest in China.

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The danger of stereotyping

As young people at World Youth Day in Krakow were preparing to welcome Pope Francis to Poland, the most visible reminder of his anticipated arrival was the battery of armoured cars and tanks surrounding Wawel Castle, where his first appointment with political leaders; the president, Andrzej Duda; and the local bishops was scheduled.