Pope Chooses Beatitudes as Theme for Upcoming World Youth Days

Three Beatitudes will be part of spiritual preparation for 2016 event in Krakow, Poland

Pope Francis has chosen the theme “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt. 5:7) for the next international World Youth Day, scheduled to be held in Krakow, Poland, in July 2016.

He has also decided on two other Beatitudes as themes of the next two World Youth Days which will mark a three-year itinerary of spiritual preparation culminating in the event in Krakow.

Next year, the 29th annual World Youth Day, will be on the theme: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 5:3). The 30th World Youth Day in 2015 will be on the theme: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Mt. 5:8).

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