Though still two years on the horizon, World Youth Day 2016 is already generating enthusiasm among the world’s young Catholics.
Scheduled to take place in Krakow, Poland in July 2016, the gathering will bring one of St. John Paul’s favorite events to his old backyard. Pope Francis is of course expected to attend.
Just revealed this week were the official logo and prayer of World Youth Day 2016:
God, merciful father,
in your son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the comforter,
we entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman.’
We entrust to you in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation:
guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today
and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits
from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.
grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt,
hope to those who are discouraged,
love to those who feel indifferent,
forgiveness to those who have done wrong
and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love that you have en-kindled within us
become a fire that can transform hearts and renew the face of the earth.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
See more at www.krakow2016.com