Monthly Archives: July 2016

WYD volunteers keep busy ahead of Pope’s arrival to Krakow

  • Volunteers are keeping busy as the 31st World Youth Day gets underway in Poland. Vatican Radio’s very own Lydia O’Kane is in Krakow, and shares with us her perspective of the atmosphere on the ground. “It’s all hands on deck at the headquarters of the World Youth Day organising committee in the heart of Krakow. Staff and volunteers have been working day and night to ensure that everything goes to plan and nothing is left to chance…
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WYD 2016: Watch ‘live’ on YouTube the events by Pope Francis in Poland

  • Wednesday 27th of July 2016: Arrival of Pope Francis at John Paul II International Airport, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 27th of July 2016: Welcome Ceremony for Pope Francis at Wawel Royal Castle, Krakow, at 5:00 p.m.​  
  • Wednesday 27th of July 2016: Pope Francis’s meeting with Polish bishops at Wawel Cathedral, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be followed by silent prayer at the Tomb of St Stanislaus, where the relics of St John Paul II are also displayed, veneration of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel behind the altar and an address by the Pope…
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Pope Francis horrified by ‘barbarous’ attack on French Church

  • Pope Francis is horrified and shocked by an attack in a church in Rouen, in northern France, where a priest was slain and another hostage was seriously wounded. A statement released by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office said: “we are particularly shocked because this horrible violence took place in a Church, in which God’s love is announced, with the barbarous killing of a priest and the involvement of the faithful”…
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The Gospel of the day: 27th July

  • Saint Matthew 13:44-46 Jesus said to his disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it”.  Saints of the day: St Venera, virgin and martyr; Bl…
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“L-imħabba tagħna trid tkun konkreta, mhux biss bil-kliem” – L-Arċisqof

L-Arċisqof jiċċelebra Quddiesa Pontifikali fil-festa tal-Madonna tal-Karmnu, fiż-Żurrieq

  • Il‑Ħadd 24 ta’ Lulju 2016, l-Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna ċċelebra Quddiesa Pontifikali fil‑festa tal‑Madonna tal‑Karmnu, fil‑Knisja Parrokkjali, iż‑Żurrieq. Wara l-Arċisqof iltaqa’ man-nies u żar ukoll l-Għaqda Karmelitana Banda Queen Victoria, fl-istess raħal.    Homily by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna
  • Knisja Parrokkjali, Iż-Żurrieq 24 ta’ Lulju 2016   “Fjur tal-Karmelu, dielja bil-frott mghobbija, dija tas-sema”. Dawn il-kliem mis-sekwenza antika fit-tifkira solenni u fil-liturġija tal-Ordni tal-Karmelu, jagħtuna t-tifsira wkoll ta’ dak li l-għolja tal-Karmelu kienet fi żmien għall-poplu ta’ Alla, hi llum u nawguraw li tibqa’…
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Final preparations for WYD in Krakow

  • The final preparations are underway in Krakow for World Youth Day which begins on the 26th of July. While the city prepares for Pope Francis, the finishing touches are being made to many of the areas the Pope will visit over the course of the celebration. Preparations “All over Krakow we can already see that World Youth Day is approaching”, Dorata says, adding that everything is almost ready at Campus Misericordia where Pope Francis will celebrate  the final Mass…
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The Gospel of the day: 26th July

    • Saint Matthew 13:36-43 Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil…
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The Archbishop announces the decision to open ‘Dar il-Ħniena’ (The House of Mercy)

  • Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna announced that a search is being undertaken launched to locate suitable premises for ‘Dar il-Ħniena’ – a new residence that would offer the latest palliative care for persons with terminal illness. He explained that this service will be provided by a registered Foundation in collaboration with entities which are already active in this area. The Archbishop said that this House shall be the tangible answer that the Church in Malta would be offering to those who are afraid of death without dignity due to the suffering related to terminal illness…
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650 Maltese youths participate in World Youth Day

  • ‘Il fuq minn 650 żagħżugħ u żagħżugħa minn Malta, ġejjin minn 23 għaqda reliġjuża differenti u minn diversi parroċċi, jinsabu l‑Polonja għall‑Jum Dinji taż‑Żgħażagħ (JDŻ). L‑organizzazzjoni tal‑parteċipazzjoni Maltija qed tiġi kkordinata miż‑Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika (ŻAK), li ħejjew ukoll il-verżjoni Maltija tal‑kanzunetta uffiċjali tal‑Jum Dinji taż‑Żgħażagħ, ‘Ħenjin li jħennu’. Youtube link: Mal-wasla tagħhom fil-Polonja, iż‑żgħażagħ Maltin ġew milqugħa f’diversi parroċċi qrib Krakovja, u matul din il‑ġimgħa ser jattendu għall‑attivitajiet prinċipali tal‑Jum Dinji taż‑Żgħażagħ, fosthom is-sessjonijiet ta’ katekeżi u l‑laqgħat mal‑Papa Franġisku fi Krakovja bejn l‑Erbgħa u l‑Ħadd li ġej…
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Programme of Pope Francis’ visit to Poland for World Youth Day

  • The programme for Pope Francis’ 27-31 July visit to Poland for the 31st World Youth Day celebrations.  The Pope will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino airport at 2 p.m. and will arrive at the John Paul II airport of Balice-Krakow two hours later. After the welcome ceremony he will transfer to the Castle of Wawel, where he will address the civil authorities and diplomatic corps, followed by a courtesy visit to the president of the Republic…
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