What a beautiful day it has been! The first day of the pilgrimage began with a procession from the Rosary statue with pilgrims receiving showers of blessings in the form of raindrops. The opening mass was celebrated by Bishop Paul McAleenan, he ta...Read more
Led by Cardinal Vincent, this year's diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 23
Whether you're joining the pilgrims in Lourdes or praying with them from home, join us each day for the latest updates, photos and videos. We'll be posting ...Read more
Pilgrims were woken by the sun rising on Sunday morning, many were surprised to have slept so well (perhaps we have the 10 mile walk to thank!) and others had enjoyed spending the night talking with others about their experiences of World Youth Da...Read more
This weekend marks the culmination of World Youth Day celebrations, with the great finale of the vigil at Campus Misericordiae, as is the traditional custom for closing WYD.
Situated 10 miles out of the centre of Krakow, millions of pilgrims, inc...Read more
At the heart of World Youth Day is the catechesis of our young people to form and strengthen their faith. This morning pilgrims gathered for their first catechesis session followed by Mass.
Pilgrims began by introducing themselves to three new ...Read more
Today marked the close of the pilgrimage. We began the day with Mass at the Grotto. As with most things in life, while there were endings for some, there were beginnings for others. We joined with the pilgrims of the Diocese of Shrewsbury who were...Read more
It seems strange to think of settling into a rhythm at an event as large as this, but somehow we are. The city of Krakow becomes increasingly familiar, and we grow ever closer as a group. This morning pilgrims returned for their second catechesis ...Read more
On Thursday morning it was an exodus out of Lourdes and up to the Cite Saint Pierre for Mass in the Cathedral of the Trees. Despite the coaches ferrying the pilgrims most of the way, there is still an uphill climb from the coach park to the cathed...Read more
The highlight of the Wednesday of pilgrimage week is the International Mass. With Cardinal Vincent having departed for Krakow, Cardinal Cormac presided at the Mass. While there may be reports of smaller pilgrim numbers in Lourdes, the full Pius X ...Read more
Our morning began today with a ‘pilgrimage of mercy’ from the Shrine of Pope St John Paul II to the Shrine of Divine Mercy just outside Krakow centre.
Beginning at the Shrine of Pope St John Paul II, Bishop Nicholas led the group in pray...Read more
All 220 World Youth Day pilgrims from the diocese have arrived safely in Krakow and gathered for their first evening together.
The excitement here is palpable. On the streets people sing and cheer, brandishing flags from countries from Austra...Read more
After enjoying what will surely be the only lie-in they will get during this pilgrimage, pilgrims set out in their small groups to explore Krakow and discover what lies in store for them in the coming days.
World Youth Day has transformed Kra...Read more
Once again the sun smiled on the pilgrims this morning as the day started at a leisurely pace with quiet time for prayer and visiting the baths and the Grotto. At 11.30 the pilgrims gathered for the Anointing of the Sick. Bishop Paul reflected on ...Read more
The first full day of the pilgrimage was off to a great start with the sun smiling on the pilgrims as they assembled by the St Michel gate in order to enter the desmene and thus begin the pilgrimage through the Holy Door.
Despite the difficulti...Read more
As we come to Lourdes as pilgrims, we come to a holy and sacred shrine where we will be touched by the mercy of God and invited to share that mercy with others. From the first meeting and departures onwards, we are enfolded in God’s love as ...Read more
We began our last full day of the pilgrimage with Mass in the Church of St Catherine which is situated in Manger Square, next to the Church of the Nativity.
Referring yesterday’s homily on the sacrifice of the Mass, Fr John said that today,...Read more