Pope Francis announces the themes of next 3 World Youth Days

“Pope Francis has revealed the themes for the next three World Youth Days. These mark a three-year itinerary of spiritual preparation that will culminate with the international WYD Pope Francis in Krakow, Poland in July 2016. The 29th World Youth Day in 2014 will have as it’s theme: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3). The 30th World Youth Day in 2015 has the theme: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Mt 5:8). Finally, the World Youth Day in Krakow, 2016, will have: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Mt 5:7). The three themes are taken from the Beatitudes. Past pilgrims and pilgrims in future World Youth Days can pray and reflect on these themes before the next awesome pilgrimage!”