Today the Pope was welcomed by the Youth with song and dance from all the continents.
Fr Jim Fanning with Youth Light members Well after four hours of sleep I was up and headed for the local church for a few quiet moments of prayer. The Church of our Lady Queen of Poland was the first consecrated by the young Archbishop Wojtyla who became Pope John Paul. But the place of silence was full with earsplitting singing from the groups from Hartford Connecticut. They were doing a lead-in for the English catechesis given by Archbishop Christopher from Canberra in Australia.
Patrick and companion Imagine meeting Patrick (photo) here. He walked from Uganda to South Africa. I met him when I went to see the Pope in Uganda last November as he began his walk. I flagged him off in Kisumu. He visited Stephen Giles and John Melhuish and Emmanuel Omollo
Patrick, Lukas, Michael and Alexander. You are members of Youth Light. What is this?
Fr Jim Fanning mhm We are queuing outside Wawel Castle. There is a security check before we can enter but all very friendly. The youth want to do a bit of sightseeing before the big event. We all have our back packs with the WYD logo, wristbands,headscarves, name tags which entitle us to free travel on Krakow's transport system (but no body checks or anything) as the town belongs to the youth.
As our Society’s past gives way to the new, we may feel uncertain of what is coming. We may even fear it, but trusting, as always in the Lord of the harvest, we move ahead to even greater abundance in the future. With the North-South shift a new story is emerging. The Local Church has reached where they too, want to send out missionaries standing ready to continue the great missionary tradition to go out and proclaim the Good News of God’s Kingdom to those in greatest need.
The Ryanair flight from Liverpool to Kraków got in ahead of time. I began to feel the Polish world already in the waiting lounge as I stood in the queue and heard the swishing and shuffling of the polish language around me- and over there in the line was a youngish looking priest dressed in a bluish cassock praying his beads with a happy face. The plane was full but with only a few backpacking girls amongst the mostly middle aged passengers who were accompanied by quite a few small children.
Well, I am on my way to Kraków. I have decided to travel with a rucksack. I don't know what to expect but Patrick from Germany, an 18 year old of Polish descent, whom I met in Kampala last year during the Papal visit, assures me me that his Polish people are going to look after us very well. No I do not need to bring a sleeping bag. No I will not have to pay for my stay. He will meet me at the airport and drive me to his friends. From a religious sister I have heard we will sleep in a field one night and do a twenty mile walk on another day! Well I am in trim for walking having been preparing for the past six months for my trip to Compostela on foot in October. I have a minute groundsheet tucked away in my rucksack in case I have to sleep out one night. I am happy to learn that the weather at the moment is very warm there.
This is the latest edition of the 'Friends of Mill Hill Newsletter published by the Mill Hill Missionaries in The Philippines.
This is a modest publication (in French) of the Mill Hill missionaries in Basankusu, DR Congo, at the occasion of the 150th anniversay of the founding of St Joseph's Society of Mill Hill.