2016 Poland's 1050 Anniversary of Christianity 2016
World Youth Day
(WYD 2016) in POLAND
July 26-31, 2016
About two million people from 187 countries are expected to descend on Kraków, once the royal capital of Poland, for the upcoming celebration of World Youth Day (Światowe Dni Młodzieży). The WYD events are joyful gatherings of young people from all over the world assembling every 2-3 years to meet with the Pope and cultivate bonds among people of different cultures in the spirit of faith, hope and friendship.
Poland hosts the World Youth Day for the second time around since the WUD 1991 took place in Częstochowa. This year's event is a special tribute to Pope John Paul II, who called Kraków his home. It was also on his initiative that the international World Youth Day became an established tradition beginning with the 1986 gathering in Rome.
Continuing with the custom started by St. John Paul II in 1979, the visit of Pope Francis (July 27-31) ) will include the evening appearance from the "Papal Window" of the Bishop’s Residence in Kraków.
Major highlights of his itinerary comprise celebrating a mass in Jasna Góra Monastery to mark the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism, visiting the Shrine of Divine Mercy and former Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, attending a mass in St John Paul II Shrine in Kraków as well as an evening vigil and closing mass in Campus Misericordiae (Field of Mercy) near Wieliczka.
In addition to events of religious nature, the line-up of WYD 2016 includes hundreds of artistic programs designed to show and promote cultural diversity. About 360 artists from various countries will offer concerts, theater productions, dance performances, film screenings and exhibits - with some events held in 22 locations outside Kraków. Moreover, festivities will begin early with the " Shine Your Light” performances scheduled for July 20-23 on the grounds in front of the Saint John Paul II Sanctuary.
Official song (in Polish with English translation)
but click here to check also a lovely recording by folk group "Hyrni" from Zakopane
Join us to proudy display our Polish heritage at local parades! As in previous years, Butch Luick will drive the famous "red truck" with the PHC banner, while the club members in Polish costumes hand out candy to the parade onlookers. Please check the PHC calendar for detailed information about the following events :