Mary – the Focus of WYD

Richard SontagWorld Youth Day

A Nov. 22 Vatican communique revealed that the themes for 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke, centering on Mary in the scene of the Annunciation and her Magnificat, spoken after her cousin Elizabeth’s declaration that “Blessed are you among women, and … Read More

Eucharistic Miracle at World Youth Day

Richard SontagPope Francis, World Youth Day

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Nestled in the medieval Italian hill town of Siena lies the towering Basilica di San Francesco. Though it lacks the ornate black and white marble that decorates the Sienese cathedral, or the impressive and ancient frescoes that grace the neighborhood parishes, San Francesco does boast an extraordinary article of devotion – a Eucharistic miracle. The story of the miracle begins … Read More

Tekton Sends Pilgrims to WYD

Richard SontagPope Francis, World Youth Day

Tekton

Tekton Ministries had the pleasure of arranging the pilgrimages for World Youth Day in Poland, Germany. It sent a total of 225 pilgrims both youth and young adults from South Dakota and Indiana. Pilgrims traveled to Krakow, Poland for a seven-day worldwide encounter with Pope Francis and 1.6 million other young Catholics. These pilgrims each set fear aside and opened … Read More

Pope at Auschwitz to shape WYD

Richard SontagChurch News, Poland, Pope Francis, World Youth Day

(CNA) Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope. This year’s gathering in Krakow, Poland will feature the same elements – but it will also be unique, with the Pope’s visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Paul … Read More

Sister Maria Restituta, Martyr

Richard SontagWorld Youth Day

With many pilgrims traveling for World Youth Day in Krakow, Germany, read how one woman, martyr stood up for her belief against Nazi Germany. ( Aleteia )Sister Maria Restituta began Lent of 1942 under arrest. She was taken on Ash Wednesday. Her crime: “hanging crucifixes.” She was sentenced to death. The following year, on Tuesday of Holy Week, she was … Read More

WYD 2016 in Poland? Here’s what one bishop wants you to know

Richard SontagChurch News, Upcoming Pilgrimages, World Youth Day

(By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News).- For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message: It will be worth the sacrifice. The Bridgeport prelate, who is serving as World Youth Day Liason for the U.S. bishops, acknowledged that attending the global gathering in Poland next summer will have a cost – … Read More

Official hymn of World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow released

WebmasterChurch News, World Youth Day

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” – the official hymn of XXXI World Youth Day Krakow 2016 was released and is available to watch on YouTube.  Check it out below! Additonally, view our flyers about Tekton Minstries’ Catholic pilgrimages departing from Indianapolis, IN and Rapid City, SD. The World Youth Day Local Organizing Committee is hard at work planning … Read More

New World Youth Day 2016 (WYD2016) logo unveiled with explanation and accompanying prayer

WebmasterChurch News, World Youth Day

  (VIS) – In a press conference held this morning the metropolitan archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, presented the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day.   Three elements are combined in the symbolism of the logo: the place, the main protagonists , and the theme of the celebration. The logo of the 2016 World Youth … Read More