Themes Announced for Next 3 World Youth Days

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Occasionally overlooked is the fact that although the International World Youth Day celebrations are held every 3 years, World Youth Day is actually celebrated on a more regional or local level every year.  

Events are held in various cities that are bit smaller, but no less enthusiastic, than those held every three years.  According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis has just released the themes of the next three World Youth Days, all of which are taken from the Beatitudes:

29th World Youth Day, 2014
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).

30th World Youth Day, 2015
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt 5:8)

31st World Youth Day, 2016 (Krakow)
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7)

The one in Krakow will probably draw the most attention, but the others should be of great interest as well.  Look for an event in your are in 2014 or 2015.  Almost every Diocese will have some sort of recognition of World Youth Day.

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Masses held monthly in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016

A tradition that begin prior to World Youth Day in 2013 was to pray for the success of the World Youth Day activities.  This tradition continues in Krakow, Poland, site of World Youth Day in 2016.  A Mass is offered on the 16th of every month at Holy Cross Church.  The significance of the date is that on October 16, 1978 Karol Wotyla was elected Pope and became Pope John Paul II.

The church is located at the foot of Wawel Castle, behind the Academy of Music. The Polish spelling is Kosciol Swetego Kryza and the street address is sw.Krzysa 23, Krakow.  Click here for their official website.  The website–and the Mass–is in Polish.  Still, it would be great to attend one of these Masses if you happen to be in Krakow on the 16th of any month.

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