Our pilgrims at World Youth Day in Poland and the Mission work in the Philippines

10/8/2016
Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby immersed in Philippines mission work.
Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby immersed in Philippines mission work.


More than 300 young people from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta made their way to meet Pope Francis in Poland at the largest youth event in the world.

For over 200 of the pilgrims their journey started on 15 July with a Mission encounter experience in the Philippine travelling throughout Tagbilaran to assist schools and communities affected by the 2013 earthquake.

Pilgrims helped to restore schools and parish buildings affected by the 2013 earthquake.
Pilgrims helped to restore schools and parish buildings affected by the 2013 earthquake.


Pilgrims then made their way from the Philippines to Poland, to join in the week-long World Youth Day festivities with other young Catholics from all over the world which 
officially started 20 July, in Krakow. The Opening Mass was held on 26 July and pilgrims participated in daily catechises with Bishops from across the world as well as attending a Youth Festival and Vocations Fair. 

More than 300 young people from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta made their way to meet Pope Francis in Poland.
More than 300 young people from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta made their way to meet Pope Francis in Poland.


On 28 July, our pilgrims attended the Papal Welcome and Opening Ceremony and gathered for the Way of the Cross the next evening. The events will concluded with a 14km walk to the outskirts of Krakow for an overnight vigil and sleep out before the Papal Mass on 31 July which drew over 1 million young people. In Pope Francis’ final mass he urged pilgrim to not be afraid to say ‘yes’ to Jesus.

World Youth Day drew over 1 million young people from around the globe.
World Youth Day drew over 1 million young people from around the globe.


The Executive Director of Schools Greg Whitby said World Youth Day was a huge success for the Diocese of Parramatta. 

'World Youth Day brought together so many of our young people to share their faith with each and with young people from across the world,' Greg said. 

Our Australian pilgrims were united with pilgrims from all over the world in Poland.
Our Australian pilgrims were united with pilgrims from all over the world in Poland.

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