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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
(Matthew 5:7)


WYDUSA: The United States
Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 


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World Youth Day - Frequently Asked Questions


World Youth Day pilgrims outside a metro stop in near Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

How old do I have to be to attend World Youth Day?

World Youth Day is a pilgrimage experience targeted to those ages 16 to 35.  We especially encourage young adults in their 20s and early 30s to attend the international World Youth Day events.

What is the schedule of events for World Youth Day?

The committees from Krakow and Rome have yet to release specific details concerning the official 2016 schedule; however below is the general events list that World Youth Day generally follows, accompanied by the announced 2016 dates.

  • Tuesday, July 26 @ 6pm: World Youth Day Opening Mass  with Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop of Kraków
  • Wednesday, July 27 through Friday, July 29 @ 9am each morning:  Morning Catechesis and Mass in different languages and locations around Krakow; (catechesis is given and mass is celebrated by cardinals and bishops from around the world)
  • Wednesday, July 27, through Friday, July 29: Youth Festival (concerts, talks, exhibits, and music at select locations around Krakow)
  • Thursday, July 28 @ 6pm: Papal Welcome Ceremony, location still TBD
  • Friday, July 29 @ 6pm: Way of the Cross {Via Crucis}, location still TBD
  • Saturday, July 30 @ 7:30pm: Evening Candlelight Vigil with Pope Francis, location still TBD
  • Sunday, July 31 @ 10am: Morning Papal Mass, followed by the Angelus, location still TBD
  • Preceding the central WYD activities, "Days in the Dioceses" will take place in 44 dioceses around the entire country of Poland from Wednesday, July 20, to Monday, July 25, 2016.
  • During the "Days in the Dioceses," Poland will be known as Campus Misericordiae ("Camp Mercy").
  • Pilgrims with simple accommodations are expected to be lodged nearby their catechetical site in parishes, schools, dorms, gyms, or tents at varying distances from Kraków city center (NOTE: the sooner the group registers, the closer they will be to the city).

How will pilgrims travel to the closing site?

  • As the organizing committees from Krakow and Rome have yet to make announcements regarding more specific locations and times, we do not have any information at this time. Please check back in shortly for updates.

How can I get a WYD visa?

  • United States citizens are not required to have a visa in order to enter Poland or member states of the European Union. However, passports are necessary. For more information regarding passports, visit the official government website.

Which airline should I choose?

  • We suggest you do a thorough online search of airfare deals and specials to find the best price possible. USCCB policy prohibits the endorsement of one airline over another. However, a good price for this event would be between $1,000 and $1,500 (US Dollars)

What sort of lodging and accommodations will be made available for pilgrims?

  • We are awaiting more substantial information regarding this matter. Please check back in shortly for updates.

How do I pack? What should I bring?

  • Try to pack as lightly as possible, only bring the essentials. Here is a video from WYD 2011 that should give first time pilgrims for any World Youth Day an idea of How To Pack for WYD.

How much money should I bring?

  • Here is a LINK with information about the Polish currency, the złoty, with tips and recommendations for spending for U.S. pilgrims.


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