WYD 2016 Day 6 of Pilgrimage 2 - 27/07/16 - Krakow

1/8/2016

Chris Lee, a pilgrim from St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta delivered a powerful testimony of mercy at the ‘Aussie Gathering’.
Chris Lee, a pilgrim from St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta delivered a powerful testimony of mercy at the ‘Aussie Gathering’.

After a morning of catechesis, pilgrims had their first encounter with the Holy Father during the Papal Welcome. It was a time of particular joy as the pilgrims had the opportunity to pray together with Pope Francis.

The following day pilgrims also had their final catechesis session with the international Bishops. In the afternoon and evening, pilgrims gathered for the Way of the Cross – which invites pilgrims into the penitential character of WYD.

The World Youth Day Cross was carried in a procession during this service and young people follow a designated route through the city, giving testimony of their faith.

Chris Lee, a pilgrim from St Patrick’s Cathedral Parish, Parramatta delivered a powerful testimony of mercy at the ‘Aussie Gathering’. Chris was one of two pilgrims chosen to share their story at the Australian gathering, Tauron Arena, Krakow. The Australian gathering is a special event as part of the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow, Poland.

3000 pilgrims were silent as Chris shared what led him to being involved in a violent altercation on the streets, after his father died.

“I felt angry, upset, and a little bit cheated,” he said.

“I personally stepped away from my faith”.

Chris was involved in a violent altercation outside a Sydney entertainment venue and lost sight in his eye.

“I lost my sight, my friends, my place at university”.
Watch Chris Lee’s testimony at Xt3.com (Watch from the 30 minute mark for Chris’ testimony)

You can read more about Chris Lee’s story and his work trying to curb street violence at Catholic Outlook http://catholicoutlook.org/chris-lees-conviction-to-curb-street-violence/
Posted By Natasha Borg at 1/08/2016 10:58:00 AM
 
   
  
 

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