World Youth Day 2016 pilgrimage experiences

Parramatta pilgrims carry out mission projects across Bohol, Philippines.

Parramatta pilgrims carry out mission projects across Bohol, Philippines. Photo from Diocese of Parramatta.

Over the past few days, Australian pilgrims, group leaders, bishops and chaplains have commenced their pilgrimage to World Youth Day.

There are more than 30 different Cosmos pilgrimages currently taking place with some groups visiting holy places while others complete a mission project in a place of need.

The ACBC Office for Youth provides a snapshot below of just some of the wonderful pilgrimage experiences taking place.

One of the Diocese of Parramatta’s pilgrimages to World Youth Day 2016 has begun on the island of Bohol, Philippines.

The Bishop of Tagbilaran, Most Rev Leonardo Y Medroso DD, formally welcomed pilgrims to the Diocese of Tagbilaran and spoke about the experience of mercy.

‘Our faith pushes us to do things, to come out of ourselves and reach other people,’ he said.

He spoke about the hardship after the devastation of the 2013 earthquake and how pilgrims will learn and experience mercy through their work with the communities during the week.

Over the next week, Pilgrims will begin projects coordinated with the Diocese of Tagbilaran. The projects are a response to the devastation of the 2013 earthquake in Bohol. Daily blog updates about the Parramatta mission projects are available from:

Pilgrims from the Diocese of Maitland – Newcastle are five days into their pilgrimage experience ‘walking in the footsteps of the Saints’ visiting Venice, Padua, Milan.

While in Venice, Bishop Bill Wright took the opportunity to give thanks for the safe journey and to remind pilgrims that ‘in this Year of Mercy we are being asked to find that mercy within our own hearts and actively show this to others’. Follow the Maitland – Newcastle pilgrims journey with their daily blogs at:

Darwin Pilgrims in Warsaw

Darwin Pilgrims in Warsaw. Photo from Diocese of Darwin.

Pilgrims from the Diocese of Darwin started their pilgrimage at the place that Pope John Paul II began his first Polish visit as Pope in 1979 – the site of his first Mass in Victory Square.

The Northern Territory pilgrims also spent morning prayer praying with their our own Icon – the Lady of the Aborigines, which they brought on pilgrimage as a travelling icon.

The Darwin group took a tour of Warsaw and later blogged about the experience, ‘the polish people are so proud of who they are and where they come from’. Read more at NT Pilgrims.

Continue following the WYD journey @ACBCYouthMin on Twitter and ‘ACBC Youth Ministry‘ on Facebook.