If you’re like me, you might be struggling just a tiny bit with envy as you watch Catholic social media explode over World Youth Day this week. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the international event that gathers young Catholics together from all parts of the world.
But, that’s not going to stop me from being a part of the celebration! It shouldn’t stop you either. We are blessed to live in a day and age when technology makes far off places and events more accessible than ever before. There are some great resources available to those unable to make the pilgrimage.
World Youth Day Media Coverage:
1. Shalom World
Shalom World will be live streaming many of the WYD events. Just click play on the video above and you will be able to watch what is currently taking place live.
The Pilgrim App is free and available through the official webpage for World Youth Day 2016. Though it is designed to be used by those attending the event, there are so many other features that everyone will find it useful for spiritual growth. You can find the transcripts to homilies for WYD dating all the way back to 1987, as well as several prayers and songs they will sing at WYD.
EWTN will over extensive coverage both on the website and television channel. Fr. Mark and Chris Stefanick will be the hosts that keep you up to date on all that is happening in Krakow. They have already started prepping with some short videos currently available on the website.
The ministry of Xt3, which means “Christ in the Third Millennium,” will be hosting a live stream of World Youth Day. This is another website offering excellent resources to keep you informed of all the important events going on.
Pope Francis has asked the pilgrims attending WYD to partner with him in supporting We4Charity’s appeal to provide aid to refugees from Syria in Lebanon and help to build a daycare center for the elderly and disabled. Check out the website to find out how you can be a part of this powerful initiative.
Salt & Light Media is another wonderful Catholic media outlet that will have live broadcasts and reports on the latest WYD events.
Click the link to download the pdf file created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to help guide you in facilitating a pilgrimage in your home or Church. They have compiled suggestions for activities and discussion questions to make it easier for you to coordinate an event to help others connect to WYD.
This site will have a live feed each day of the main stage events taking place at the Mercy Centre. Find a list of programs here.
We encourage you to find a way to interact with the World Youth Day pilgrims in Krakow. Take a minute to learn the theme song, recite the official prayer, and listen to the messages that Pope Francis and many others will give.
This is an exciting week for the young people of our Church. Pray for each of them to receive all that God is ready to pour out upon them to renew and revitalize our faith!