Tuesday, July 26, 2016


We were excited to begin our World Youth Day week today.

After breakfast at the hotel, we set off on public bus to the Old Town.  We ducked into the first church we came across, St. Anne's church, to spend a little bit of time in prayer.

We then entered the Market Square.  It was bustling with pilgrims:  Different country flags being waved, WYD red, blue and yellow backpacks everywhere.  There was a feeling of familiarity, as people were saying "hi" to us, and we were saying "hi" back even if we did not know them—we were united through the Catholic Church.

We attended the Canadian gathering in the Tauron Arena in the afternoon.  We met our friends from other groups in Vancouver and across Canada.

In the afternoon, we went back to the Old Town and visited St. Mary's Basilica.

In the evening we participated in the Opening Mass at Błonia Park.  This gave us the first glimpse of the immense proportion of World Youth Day.

We found that due to the road closures around Błonia Park, the bus to our hotel was no longer running.  So we walked three kilometers back to the hotel, which was good pilgrimage training for the vigil at the end of the week.  We had dinner at Portobello again, and now are resting for an early start tomorrow.

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