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Freshers' Prayer from Student Christian Movement & diary dates
Freshers' Prayer from Student Christian Movement & diary dates

As Fresher's Week is about to begin in universities and colleges around the UK, the Student Christian Movement (SCM) has published a prayer for all new students, and a list of some of the events they are planning over the next few months. These include a conversation between the Archbishop of Canterbury and Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace prize winner; a ceilidh, a speaker from Pax Christi and a talk by Timothy Radcliffe.

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Students celebrate a decade of interfaith leadership programme
Students celebrate a decade of interfaith leadership programme

Fifty emerging leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds are coming together this month to make a positive impact on their communities nationwide. On the 10th year of 3FF's ParliaMentors leadership programme, the students will work collectively to create and inspire change in their university cities, while being supported by MPs. Faced with a growing negativity in the media when it comes to issues of faith and politics, these university students are instead putting their faith in politics and being the change they wish to

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London: New programme for young adults at Farm Street
London: New programme for young adults at Farm Street

With the launch of the new academic year a new and exciting young adult programme is starting up at Farm Street Church in Mayfair, central London. Activities form an intrinsic part of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre but events are specifically for those aged 18-35. There will be a Welcome Afternoon Tea on Sunday 18 September 2016 from 3.30-5pm. There is now a weekly Mass in Farm Street Church, which begins at 7pm. Each week incorporates a different Ignatian element such as the Examen,

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'The world needs the witness of your youth'- Bishop Davies at Walsingham Youth 2000 festival
'The world needs the witness of your youth'- Bishop Davies at Walsingham Youth 2000 festival

Holiness can be attained through simple Christian witness in everyday life, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has told members of Youth 2000. Preaching on the final day of an annual five-day prayer festival in Walsingham, the Rt Rev Mark Davies reminded participants that the "world needs the witness of your youth" and gave them advice on effective evangelisation. The Bishop said that genuine Christian witness did not entail "becoming weird or fanatical" but by "struggling in our own lives for holiness" and by trying to become the best Christians they can be in

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Pope Francis thanks Church in Poland for World Youth Day
Pope Francis thanks Church in Poland for World Youth Day

The Bishops Conference of Poland has released the text of a letter sent by Pope Francis to thank the country for the reception he received last month during World Youth Day. In the letter, Pope Francis told the Church in Poland he was "deeply moved by your strong faith and the unwavering hope that you have kept in spite of difficulties and tragedies, and by your fervent love, which animates your human and Christian pilgrimage."

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MAGIS and World Youth Day
MAGIS and World Youth Day

Manresa Amigos - Jesuit novices from the noviciate in Birmingham, which serves the provinces of Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands, have a new post on their blog about their action-packed and breathtaking weeks on World Youth Day in Krakow and MAGIS - the Jesuits' week-long preparatory event for young people from across the world.

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Iraqi Christians participate in World Youth Day
Iraqi Christians participate in World Youth Day

More than 200 young Iraqi Christians, from all the dioceses of the country participated in World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland. They were accompanied by two Bishops, priests and a number of nuns. The group were very proactive in all the spiritual meetings, retreats and prayer events. They participated in other activities such as cultural shows, during which they introduce their group with folkloric dances and songs, some wore the traditional clothing from Iraq's Christian villages.

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Transcript: Pope Francis in-flight press conference after WYD Krakow
Transcript: Pope Francis in-flight press conference after WYD Krakow

....I like to speak with the youth, and I like to hear the youth. They always put me in difficulty. They tell me things that I haven't thought of, or that I've partly thought of. The restless youth, the creative youth, I like them! And thence I take that language. Many times I have to ask myself: what does this mean? And they explain what it means! They explain to me what it means...but I like to speak with them. They are our future, and we must have a dialogue.

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Text: Pope Francis thanks WYD volunteers
Text: Pope Francis thanks WYD volunteers

As World Youth Day 2016 drew to a close yesterday, Pope Francis greeted volunteers whose hard work made the event such a resounding success. "Before returning to Rome," he said, "I wanted to meet you and to thank each of you for your commitment, generosity and dedication in guiding, helping and serving the thousands of young pilgrims. Thank you too for your witness of faith that, together with that of so many young people from every part of the world, is a great sign of hope for the Church and the world."

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Text: Pope Francis at WYD Krakow 2016 final Mass
Text: Pope Francis at WYD Krakow 2016 final Mass

Around two million young people slept out under the stars at Campus Misericordiae outside Krakow on Saturday night. The next morning, Pope Francis, who had stayed in a centre nearby, celebrated the final Mass of World Youth Day. The theme of the Holy Father's reflection was how to overcome obstacles to building a real relationship with Jesus - whether they be obstacles that arise in one's own soul or obstacles one will inevitably encounter in the world and in society. The official English translation follows:

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Pope at WYD: 'We didn't come into this world to vegetate
Pope at WYD: 'We didn't come into this world to vegetate

More than two million young pilgrims gathered in the Campus Misericordiae in Poland to join Pope Francis for a prayer vigil on Saturday night. From early in the day, the young people caught buses and trams from central Krakow to bring them as close as possible to the huge sprawling campsite. From there, they walked a further four kilometres to get to these grounds in order to be with the Holy Father. Some carried tents. All were equipped with sleeping bags and mats for the overnight stay.

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Krakow: Pope visits Jesuit House
Krakow: Pope visits Jesuit House

Pope Francis paid an unexpected visit to the Jesuit House in Krakow on Saturday and urged them to look outwards and not just be concerned with abstract ideas. The Pope spent about 40 minutes with the Jesuits in an informal encounter where they chatted and he answered a number of question but said he had no desire to make a speech. Around 30 Jesuits were present for the encounter including the Provincials. The visit was not included in the Pope's official programme during his stay in Krakow.

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WYD Krakow: Pope Francis has lunch with volunteers
WYD Krakow: Pope Francis has lunch with volunteers

Pope Francis had lunch today with a dozen young volunteers serving at World Youth Day. The private encounter took place in the residence of the Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, following the morning Mass for priests and religious in the shrine dedicated to Saint John Paul II. The young men and women invited to join the Pope for lunch came from all the different continents and included representatives from New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Italy, Columbia, as well as the host nation, Poland.

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WYD: Mass at Sanctuary of St John Paul II for priests and religious
WYD: Mass at Sanctuary of St John Paul II for priests and religious

The words of the Gospel we have just heard (cf. Jn 20:19-31) speak to us of a place, a disciple and a book. The place is where the disciples gathered on the evening of Easter; we read only that its doors were closed (cf. v. 19). Eight days later, the disciples were once more gathered there, and the doors were still shut (cf. v. 26). Jesus enters, stands in their midst and brings them his peace, the Holy Spirit and the forgiveness of sins: in a word, God's mercy. Behind those closed doors there resounds Jesus' call to his followers:

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Pope Francis: In a suffering world,  Jesus is always near
Pope Francis: In a suffering world, Jesus is always near

Pope Francis spoke to the crowds again on Friday evening, from the window of the Archbishop's residence in Krakow. He recalled this day as one of pain. "Friday, he said, is the day when we remember the death of Jesus and with the young people we prayed the Way of the Cross: the suffering and death of Jesus for all of us...So many people are suffering: the sick; those who are at war; the homeless; the hungry; those who are doubtful in life, who do not feel happiness,"

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WYD: Pope tells young people 'do not live your lives half way'
WYD: Pope tells young people 'do not live your lives half way'

Many thousands of young people gathered in Krakow's Blonia Park again on Friday evening for a dramatic multi-media interpretation of the Way of the Cross. Written by Auxiliary Bishop Grzegorz Rys, who the Department of New Evangelisation for the Polish Bishops Conference, the Stations, were presented in modern dance, murals, acrobatics, computer animation and street art and incorporated many contemporary issues - as well as showcasing many Catholic organisations that live out the 14 Acts of Mercy.

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Krakow: Pope Francis visits children's hospital
Krakow: Pope Francis visits children's hospital

Soon after his visit to Auschwitz on Friday, Pope Francis went to the Pediatric Hospital of Prokocim. In an address to patients and staff said he wished that "We Christians could be as close to the sick as Jesus was, in silence, with a caress, with prayer." Sadly, the Pope continued, "our society is tainted by the culture of waste" and the victims of this "are the weakest and frailest and this is indeed cruel." He thanked all those working at the hospital for the love and compassion shown towards the young patients, describing this as "the sign of true civility,

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WYD pics on ICN's Facebook page
WYD pics on ICN's Facebook page

So many great pictures and videos are coming in now from World Youth Day in Krakow - there isn't room to put them all on the news pages here - but you can find them all if you scroll down through ICN's Facebook posts.

See: https://www.facebook.com/Independent-Catholic-News-ICN-195368037167900/

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Pope Francis prays at Auschwitz-Birkenau
Pope Francis prays at Auschwitz-Birkenau

Pope Francis paid an emotional visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau this morning - site of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp where more than 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were put to death during the Second World War. Prior to his visit to the camp, the Pope decided not to give a speech, saying he preferred to enter alone, in silent prayer. "I would like to go to that place of horror without speeches, without crowds - only the few people necessary," he explained. "Alone, enter, pray. And may the Lord give me the grace

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Pope sends video message to Cuban youth festival
Pope sends video message to Cuban youth festival

Before setting out for Auschwitz this morning, Pope Francis sent a video message for young Cubans who organized their own youth gathering to coincide with the official World Youth Day events in Krakow, Poland. In his message the Pope praised the young people for taking this initiative and urged them to unite together in "a social friendship," regardless of their differences and be "carriers of hope" and "builders of bridges." Around 1,400 young Cubans are taking part in their own youth gathering in the

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WYD: Pope's advice to newlyweds
WYD: Pope's advice to newlyweds

Young people chanted and sang songs awaiting Pope Francis to come to the window of the Archbishop's residence in Krakow last night - and when he came out, the Square below erupted with cheers. This evening's remarks were directed at newly married couples and the Pope joked, they say today there is a good group here, in this square, newlyweds." He commended young men and women for having the courage to commit to marriage and because he said "it is not easy to form a family."

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Pope tells WYD pilgrims to show mercy by building bridges
Pope tells WYD pilgrims to show mercy by building bridges

It was hot, it was lightly raining - but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of around million young people gathered in Krakow's Blonia Park this afternoon. They watched him on big screens as he travelled across the city in a tram, with a group of disabled people. Then there was a roar of appreciation and much flag-waving as the Holy Father processed through the crowds to the stage in his popemobile. The event began with a series of dance and musical performances from countries around the world - Poland, India, Latin America, North

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Poland: Homily of Pope Francis at Mass in Czestochowa
Poland: Homily of Pope Francis at Mass in Czestochowa

This morning Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, to mark the 1050th anniversary of the 'Baptism of Poland.' Many thousands of people attended. Before the Mass, the Holy Father prayed at the shrine, before the image of Our Lady. From the readings of this Liturgy a divine thread emerges, one that passes through human history and weaves the history of salvation. The apostle Paul tells us of God's great plan: "When the fullness of time had come, God sent his son, born of a woman"

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WYD: Archbishop says young people are searching for a deeper reality in their lives
WYD: Archbishop says young people are searching for a deeper reality in their lives

"The violent world of today needs a lot of mercy," said Jean Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg during the WYD press conference, this morning. Archbishop Hollerich also mentioned that it is not true that young people are not searching for a deeper reality in their lives. Many of them cooperate with NGOs and Charity Organizations. They like to do it when they see happiness in those who are receiving their help, they are curious about it. He gave a recent example of a group of 140 youth building a school and church together with their bishop.

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Pope visits Krakow convent
Pope visits Krakow convent

Pope Francis made a brief visit to the Convent of the Sisters of the Presentation in Krakow this morning. While he was there the Holy Father met with the sisters and some of the students from their school. Before he left Pope Francis signed the guest book with a message for the Sisters: "With gratitude for your generous service, I give you my blessing and encourage you in your educational apostolate. Cultivate with love the seeds of goodness, beauty and truth that God sows in every new generation."

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