‘City of Mercy’ rises in Poland

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The Center for Thought of John Paul II (Centrum Mysli Jana Paula II) aims to create 14,000 origami hearts for patients in Warsaw hospitals and hospices for the World Youth Day. (Photo: Ana Perucho)

WARSAW, Poland, July 23, 2016 – What does mercy look like? This is what the Center for Thought of John Paul II (Centrum Mysli Jana Paula II) hopes an estimated 50,000 World Youth Day delegates now having their Days in the Diocese in this city will see through their initiative, the “City of Mercy”, a set of activities and activities on the theme mercy from July 21 to 24.

“We wanted to show different aspects of mercy… This is where you can meet mercy in artistic and social events,” said Ursula Adamowicz, coordinator of the City of Mercy during an exclusive interview with YouthPinoy on Thursday.

“I think it’s important that we have the World Youth Day during the Year of Mercy. I think it’s a sign that the message of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II is extremely important nowadays and the young people should change the world through mercy,” she added.

14,000 hearts

Mercy Origami, one of the activities in the first “Mercy Sphere” of the City of Mercy, aims to give 14,000 patients in hospitals and hospices in Warsaw a origami heart to cheer them up.

“…[W]e want to show them that we remember about them… If you’re in the hospital you may feel lonely and abandoned,” explained Adamowicz, who with some 150 volunteers from the Center helps coordinate two separate “Mercy spheres” before the start of the main World Youth Day events in Krakow.

The Mercy Mosaic, on the other hand, targets to create a mosaic on the mercy theme using individual art done by people who get to drop by the first “mercy sphere” which is located along Krakowskie Przedmiescie.

‘Blossoming inside’

Lastly for the first “mercy sphere” is the Garden of Mercy, an enclosed garden using box crates, providing an oasis of green in the middle of the city.

“It’s hard on the outside but on the inside it blossoms,” explained Adamowicz, a project specialist from the Center for Thought of John Paul II.

Meanwhile, the second “mercy sphere” is a series of corporal works of mercy the group arranges for WYD pilgrims.

The project headed by Paulina Chodwicua, also from the Center, gives an opportunity to pilgrims to spend time with the elderly, and the sick, painting fences, among others. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCPNews)

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