The third day of the pilgrim began with the the International Mass which bought together people of different nations speaking different languages together echoing their faith in Mary, which put together depicted a marvellous scene of love and harm...Read more
The fourth day of the pilgrimage began with Mass being celebrated at what is called the ‘Cathedral of the Trees’ Cité Saint-Pierre. It is a beautiful set-up of a Cathedral high up in the mountains, soothing to the soul with lush green scener...Read more
Today marks the final day of our pilgrimage to Lourdes. The day began with a closing Mass celebrated at the grotto with Cardinal Vincent addressing in his sermon, ‘’ God’s greatness flowers best through our lowliness, our humility and our we...Read more
The second day of the pilgrimage began with the Cardinal explaining that today we will be entering more deeply into the life of Saint Bernadette. The first event of the day was the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Unlike the common belief, the ...Read more
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