This is the event that we had been waiting for years - the World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, a grand opportunity for millions of young Catholics worldwide to discuss, re-examine and celebrate their faith. This year, six members of the QCCC community attended WYD as part of a larger contingent of 30 pilgrims from two Chinese parishes in Toronto (CMCC and SAT).
|CMCC-SAT WYD pilgrims gathered at Pearson Airport!|
|Candlelight eucharistic adoration in the town square of |
|Wavin' Flag at the Basilica of the Holy Cross.|
|Canadian pilgrims with flags at |
|Visiting the flint mines. The mayor of Ostrowiec also |
drops by to say hi.
These events only served as a precursor to a hectic but eventful week in Krakow, three hours away by bus. We celebrated Opening Mass, the Stations of the Cross and the Pope's Welcoming Ceremony in the large Blonia Park on three different nights with over a million other pilgrims, while braving bouts of rain and transit closures. Our daily cathechesis sections took place in the spanking new Tauron Arena, the designated venue for some of the English-language activities; some of the guest peakers included Cardinal Tagle (Phillipines) and Cardinal Timothy Dolan (New York).
|Welcome to Krakow! Cool sign found at Rondo G.|
|A million pilgrims at Blonia Park. The rain could not |
dampen their spirits.
|St Mary's Basilica, overlooking |
Ryneky Glowny, the main square
|Six pilgrims with their flags.|
|The pilgrims at the Pope John Paul II Sanctuary.|
|The group basking in the sun on their sophisticated|
network of tarps (and a tent) at Campus Misericordiae.
|Candlelight vigil at Campus Misericordiae. Can this get any|
|St Kinga's chapel in the Wieliczka Salt Mines. This is just|
amazing (and 100m underground).