Pope Francis announces themes for World Youth Days

Pope Francis has decided on the themes for the next three World Youth Days! He has set up a 3-year itinerary of spiritual preparation that will culminate with the international WYD scheduled for Krakow in Poland in July 2016.

All three themes are taken from the Gospel passage – The Beatitudes (Matthew Chapter 5).  In Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis asked those present “with all my heart” to read the Beatitudes again and to make them the action plan for their lives: “Look, read the Beatitudes: that will do you good!” (Meeting with the youth from Argentina gathered in the Cathedral of São Sebastião, 25 July 2013).

And so…. drum roll… here they are!

29th World Youth Day, 2014  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3).
30th World Youth Day, 2015  “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt 5:8)
31st World Youth Day, 2016 (Krakow)   “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7)

This text was slighly edited from this page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/11/07/pope_francis_announces_themes_for_world_youth_days/en1-744416 of the Vatican Radio website

Polish pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro
Polish pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro

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