WARSAW, Poland, July 26, 2016— CBCPNews will deliver around-the-clock coverage for the World Youth Day under a partnership with a faith-based online social mobile application.
For the first time, a group of Filipino Catholic journalists will cover the Church’s largest event in Krakow, Poland from July 26 to 31.
Aside from bringing out news about the WYD, the media coverage aims to engage its readers through Twine, a Manila-based app for those seeking a deeper way to find connections.
From the creators of PeekAwoo, Twine also makes the act of dating more meaningful for today’s faith and moral-based millennials.
“And this WYD, we want to get a lot more youth as possible to share their faith, chat with others, among others,” said Sky Ortigas, social media manager for Areopagus Communications which runs CBCPNews.
More than 1,500 Filipinos are expected to attend the week-long celebration with Pope Francis in Krakow, the childhood home of Saint Pope John Paul II who initiated the gathering in 1985.
Some 2.5 million young people from around the world are expected to attend the WYD which is often described as the “Catholic Olympics.”
Young pilgrims are accompanied by nearly a thousand bishops from around a hundred countries.
Poland’s Katolika Agencja Informacyjna (Catholic Information Agency) said the biggest number of bishops will arrive from Italy, Poland, the USA, France and Spain.
Many of these bishops, including Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila will also lead catechesis sessions during the WYD that will be offered in 284 locations.
“Along with central events, these meetings are the backbone of the WYD,” according to KAI.
During the WYD, Filipino participants and young people from other countries will also showcase their talents in various arts. (CBCPNews)