World Youth Day

A Look Back On Our WYD Experience

To summarise WYD in a word, sentence of even a paragraph is impossible. As our Cardiff pilgrims arrived back into a rain soaked Wales it was evident to see the change in each and every one of them.

Our Last Day

It was another early start for the group as we all finished packing our backpacks and sleeping bags ready for the long walk and overnight stay at the vigil in Brzegi.

Day at the Mercy Centre

Today began with a trip to the Mercy Centre and Catechesis at Tauron Arena Krakow, for all English speaking pilgrims. Here we heard a variety of talks from a number of speakers.

The Pope’s First Address

It was a restful morning in the accommodation to start with for the group, with our first activity beginning at noon. This was a mass in our accommodation hallway given by Fr Richard who, as always, spoke positively and about the lessons from our pilgrimage and today’s gospel.

St Pope John Paul II Sanctuary

Today started early with a bus and tram journey to the St Pope John Paul II Sanctuary. As a group we spent the morning exploring and looking around the sanctuary.

The Official Start of WYD

After a late night of travelling and midnight feasts, the group was given a free morning, and everyone took full advantage of the late start! Most of our pilgrims took the opportunity to sleep late,

The Journey to Krakow

The day started with a very early wakeup call and breakfast. Breakfast was at 6am with everybody boarded on the bus and ready to leave at 7am, with some very tiered looking pilgrims!

The Football Match

Today was a day of local activities and a rest from bus travel. It started with mass in the local cathedral in Rozanymstoku. Every Sunday there are seven masses delivered and each one completely full with people seating, standing around the sides and even outside on the grass. Once again reminding us of the deep history and engagement with faith and religion in Poland.

The Boat Trip

To start the day we all gathered in the small chapel in the accommodation and had mass as a group in English. All the masses so far have been beautiful and reminded us of how multi - national the Catholic Church is. However, it was nice to celebrate mass alone as a group today and it made the experience very intimate and personal.

Our Day in Sokolka

Today began with a journey to Sokolka for a number of organised activities. Upon arrival we were greeted by yet more friendly volunteers who welcomed us with flags and greeting signs. We started our day in Sokolka with a personal prayer and reflection at the Eucharistic miracle.

The Official start

Day three started with a pleasant lie in for everyone. The group was given time to recover from our late arrival in the early hours and the group took full advantage of the late start, some more than others!

The Longest Journey

The 19th of July, a day 37 pilgrims and their families have had pencilled in the diary for over a year. All the preparations, fundraising and packing finally finished. With final goodbyes the pilgrimage began and the long journey to Poland by bus started!

Introducing the Cardiff Pilgrim Kit

Part of the WYD experience is the reception of the Official Pilgrim Kit on arrival at the host city. As part of our WYD pilgrimage the pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Cardiff will receive a basic pilgrim kit ....

Unite with us in Prayer

Even if you aren't in Krakow you can join the Youth of the World by listening to the radio, watching the events on tv, following us on social media or just united with us in prayer.

Reconciliation Zones being set up for WYD

At the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, the Jordan Park and St. Mary's Basilica will be located zones of Reconciliation. WYD participants will be able to confess to more than 100 additional confessionals.

Final preparations underway as for WYD

Final preparations are underway as our diocesan team prepare to take some of our young people to Poland to meet Pope Francis and young people from around the worlds for the World Youth Day celebrations. As witnessed in this photograph we are taking things very seriously!