World Youth Day Logo: Blessed Are the Merciful

WYD 2016 logo - final

OK, here it is:The logo for World Youth Day 2016 has just been unveiled.  At a press conference this morning, the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day were announced.According to the Vatican Information Service, 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 Day, to be held in Krakow, illustrates the passage from the Gospel according to Matthew, 5.7: … [Read more...]

The Poor, the Pure, the Merciful: Pope Francis Chooses Themes for World Youth Days

World Youth Day 2013

The Vatican has announced this morning that Pope Francis has chosen the themes for the next three World Youth Days.The Holy Father invites young people to focus for the next several years on the Beatitudes, the eight Blessings which Jesus explained in the Sermon on the Mount.  Specifically, Pope Francis chose the following themes for the three-year spiritual journey: 2014 - Twenty-ninth World Youth Day:  "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."2015 - T … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Loves You!

How charming is this man.  The  Holy Father, taking his seat in the helicopteer which will carry him away from his first World Youth Day, first makes the Sign of the Cross.  Then, acknowledging the faithful who watched him in the window, he drew an imaginary heart in the air, and pointed to the crowd--a signal of his love.  Thanks to Rome Reports for sharing this sweet moment. … [Read more...]