Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Return from WYD

Sorry about the failed blogging attempt, all - it was harder than I thought it would be to blog on the road! I was with a large group of people and there wasn't always time to get away and find a connection.

I will post pictures soon along with a synopsis of the trip. All I can say is that there were 1.7 million people at the Mass on Sunday, and don't let the media tell you any different!!

3 Comments:

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous wondertwin said...

Becky, I think my question from before went unnoticed: what is World Youth Day? I've gone to the website, and it tells you all about the events and when and where everything is, but not why it exists or its purpose.

It sounds like you're having a great time, but I'm still confused as to what it is.

 
At 10:23 AM, Anonymous Becky said...

Wondertwin,

JPII created WYD to bring the world's catholic youth together in pilgrimage. Basically, we all come, there is an opening Mass, then there are catechetical sessions every day in every language, and there are various catholic seminars hosted by catholic groups in the afternoons and evenings. This year there was a pilgrimage to the Cathedral and the Stations of the Cross on Friday.

The weeks ends in a vigil on Saturday with the Pope and a Papal Mass the next day. Everyone sleeps out in the open that night and there are "parties" hosted by different countries (i.e. the Polish people get together during the night and have traditional polish dancing/music etc.)

Basically it is a celebration of the Catholic faith by the young people of the world. It's a unifying event, showing the universality of the Church, transcending all cultural and ethnic divisions. A lot of it is to renew our allegience to the Pope and to Rome and to celebrate our unity.

Does that help? I would be happy to answer any more questions that you have.

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous wondertwin said...

Great thanks! Sounds like a great way to celebrate your faith!

 

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