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World Youth Day Armed Forces Pilgrimage: 22nd July – 1st Aug 2016

worldyouthday-posterWorld Youth Day is an international meeting of young people from all over the world who will gather together in one place with their catechists, priests, bishops and the Pope in order to profess faith in Jesus Christ.

The objective of World Youth Day is to experience the great community of the Universal Church, listen to the Word of God, receive the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist as well as joyfully proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.

Young people from throughout the world are invited to gather together for a week in the host city of Krakow, for this religious pilgrimage and youth festival. In previous years over 4 million young faithful have gathered together in faith at this event.

Pilgrims arrive on Monday, on Tuesday they participate in the opening ceremony, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday they take part in catechesis and the Youth Festival. Then on Saturday they make a pilgrimage to the site of the overnight celebration and Vigil with the Pope. On Sunday they take part in the Final Mass which completes the World Youth Day.

The Armed Forces Roman Catholic contingent for this Pilgrimage is open to all military personnel (Regular and Reserve) and Civil Servants aged between 18 -35. Individuals of all faith and spiritual denominations are welcome.

The Pilgrimage will also include visits to Colditz and Stalag Luft III to explore military heritage and ethos during the journey.

Information and Authority can be found in 2015 DIN 01-190 and by contacting Rev (Flt Lt) Neil Galloway 95951 Ext 7101, neil.galloway101@mod.uk

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