WYD 2016 Day 8 of Pilgrimage 2 - 29/07/16 - Final Mass for World Youth Day 2016

5/8/2016

Final Mass for World Youth Day 2016
Final Mass for World Youth Day 2016

Sunday was the conclusion of the 2016 World Youth Day pilgrimage in Krakow, Poland.

The final Mass of the XXXI World Youth Day, attended by almost 2,000,000 people, was celebrated by the Holy Father. During his homily, the Pope challenged the young people gathered to not be afraid of Christ and to take a “risk” for others.

Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke and the encounter of Jesus with Zacchaeus, a tax collector, he used technology as a key theme of his homily.

“In his eyes the clothes you wear or the kind of cell phone you use are of absolutely no concern,” he said.

“Download the best ‘link’ of all, that of a heart which sees and transmits goodness without growing weary.”

“How much he hopes that, in all the ‘contacts’ and ‘chats’ of each day, pride of place be given to the golden thread of prayer!”

“Trust the memory of God: his memory is not a ‘hard disk’ that ‘saves’ and ‘archives’ all our data, but a heart filled with tender compassion, one that finds joy in ‘erasing’ in us every trace of evil.”


Over 1,000,000 young people slept overnight after a prayer vigil with the Pope for the Mass on the outskirts of Krakow. Youth from the Diocese of Parramatta joined 3000 from Australia for the event.

Pilgrims from the Diocese of Parramatta will tomorrow have one last day of retreat before returning to Australia.

At the very end of celebrations, the Holy Father announced that Panama will be the location of the next World Youth Day, edging out rumoured favourites Seoul, South Korea and New York, USA.
Posted By Natasha Borg at 5/08/2016 9:54:32 AM
 
   
  
 

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