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Iloilo vicariate to hold local WYD event

JARO, Iloilo City, July 28, 2016 – A vicariate in this diocese will hold a special event as their own simple way of uniting with Pope Francis and with the hundreds of thousands of young people now gathered in Krakow, Poland, for the 31st World Youth Day (WYD).

The Vicariate of St. Peter, of the Archdiocese of Jaro, through its Youth Ministry, will hold an evening of Taizé prayer in the Espousal of Our Lady Parish in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, tomorrow, July 29, 6:00 p.m.

“Every young Catholic’s wish these days is to be in Krakow with the Pope and with many young people from all over the world to witness and renew their faith,” said Fr. Tomas Elias B. Guidoriagao, Jr. of the Vicariate of St. Peter Youth Ministry.

‘Inapo ni Pedro’

“All the ‘Inapo ni Pedro’ – as the the youth in the Vicariate of St. Peter call themselves – as well as in the whole Archdiocese of Jaro, join together in prayer for the success of the 31st WYD and for the mission of the Church for the youth,” added the priest.

As a manifestation of support for this project showing the young people’s unity with the Holy Father and with the rest of the Catholic Church, the priest declared: “We, the clergy, in the Vicariate of St. Peter, appreciate, fully support, and highly recommend this initiative of our vicariate’s youth ministry council.”

Keeping the fire burning

“We are so proud of our youth! I hope they keep the fire burning,” the youth ministry director added.

Pope Francis recently sent a special message for young people who are unable to make it to Krakow for the WYD event:

“A special word to the many youth of their same age who, unable to be present personally, will follow the event through the media: We are all united in prayer!” (Fr. Mickey Cardenas / CBCP News)

‘Searching’ youth find refuge in WYD Vocations Center

Young people gather at the Vocations Center in B?onia Park in Krakow for one-on-one chats that could help in their personal discernment. (Photo: Ron Regino)

KRAKOW, Poland, July 28, 2016 – The Vocations Center stands like an oasis of quiet for young people attending the World Youth Day (WYD) in search of their life purpose and direction.

Located at the Cracovia Stadium near B?onia Park, where the opening ceremony of WYD was held July 26, the center is staffed with lay and consecrated people from various religious orders and congregations, movements, and communities ready to meet and share about their activities and life choices to interested pilgrims.

According to the WYD Press Office, the Vocations Center has four Academies:

  • Academy of God
  • Academy of the Family
  • Academy of Work
  • Academy of Mercy

The Academy of God focuses on finding one’s vocation to consecrated life and to the priesthood. The Academy of the Family, meanwhile, showcases the vocation to marriage and family life. Academy of Work deals with finding one’s vocation in one’s workplace and in one’s chosen career path and Academy of Mercy highlights the offering of works of mercy as a privilege and the utmost one can do.

The Vocations Center is open from July 26 to 30, 2016. For more details, interested parties may visit http://www.krakow2016.com/media/files/page_attachments/yuth_festival/Vocations_Centre_Program_ENG.pdf.

Hundreds of thousands of young people from an estimated 181 countries are in Krakow for the WYD until July 31. (Ron Regino / CBCPNews)