World Youth Day USA Guides International Pilgrimage Leaders Guide - Page 14

leader to be able to assist someone else. Pope Who has not been moved by the scene of Francis in his 2015 World Youth Day hundreds of thousands of young people from Message gave a few ways to renew this all over the world together with the Holy encounter daily: through participation in the Father in silent adoration before the Blessed Sacraments, particularly Eucharist and Sacrament? All ministry leaders need to be Reconciliation, reading Sacred Scripture, prepared and help prepare pilgrims for this personal prayer, and serving those in need, encounter with the Church. The preparation particularly the poor.5 Ministry leaders are can begin with the pilgrimage leader learning encouraged to tend their relationship with more about the variety of cultures they will Christ on a constant basis. Once they commit encounter in Kraków. Reading, asking to doing this regularly, they can then invite questions, and participating in Masses of their pilgrims to do the same before, during, different cultural groups can assist pilgrims in and after the time of pilgrimage. this preparation. Learning more about the diverse spiritual lives of the people of one’s An Encounter with the Church diocese is critical in being able to authentically The encounter with Jesus Christ is always celebrate and share that experience as part of done in and through his Church. We the international celebration. are a community of faith that is diverse, international, and multicultural. The leader An Encounter with Fellow Pilgrims will need to be prepared for this encounter In most instances, the international pilgrim with the Church Universal and her chief leader is not going to meet pilgrims for the shepherd, the Holy Father. first time at the airport when they are about to depart for Kraków. This means that there is The Pope, who is Vicar of Christ, “is the time to prepare the pilgrims prior to departure perpetual and visible source and foundation for Poland. Retreats, prayer experiences, of the unity both of the bishops and of the catechesis and formation, charitable activities whole company of the faithful.”6 World and social justice initiatives, fundraisers, and Youth Day is a very public opportunity for social events are wonderful opportunities for young people to witness the unity of the learning and reflection. So, too, are pre-trip Church in the midst of its great diversity. communications through emails, social media, 5 6 Pope Francis, Message for the 30th World Youth Day, 3. Lumen Gentium, no. 32; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 882. 12