Young People Gathered to Pray at Lednica in Poland

Young People Gathered to Pray at Lednica in Poland

More than 60,000 young people prayed on Saturday, 4th of June 2016 at the “Fish Gate”. The theme of the 20th Meeting of the Lednica Youth Movement was: "Amen". The prayer vigil was combined with the celebration of the 1,050th Anniversary of Christianity in Poland and 800 Anniversary of the Order of Preachers.

"We need to be aware of what baptism means for us. We are children of the Almighty God. The symbol of our faith, the cross, tells us that we are never alone. He came to us and taught us to love one another as brothers and sisters. Let the love of God lead you at all times" - Cardinal Dominik Duka , OP, the Archbishop of Prague and Primate  of the Czech Republic, proclaimed to the young pilgrims. Cardinal Duka brought the relic of St Adalbert (Czech and the Patron Saint of Poland) to the Lednica Meeting.

"If we are to overcome the European crisis and the threat of the disintegration of Europe, we need to return to these roots that formed people like Charlemagne, Otto III and St. Adalbert, a true patron of Europe. You are all living on the foundation of ideas which they built" - he concluded.

The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda wrote a letter to the participants in which he recalled the roles the Dominicans have played in the evangelization of Poland.

"For centuries the Dominican Order has given Poland a number of prominent pastors and scholars, exerting considerable influence on the face of Polish Catholicism. Lednica meeting is the latest of the works, through which the Dominicans teach our people, especially the young and students, how to follow Christ. And for that, I would like, our dear fathers to express my gratitude and appreciation " - stressed the President.

Three days before the Lednica meeting, the Holy Father Pope Francis greeted the pilgrims during his Wednesday audience at the Vatican.

Lednica Youth Movement is a youth ministry of the friars of the Province of Poland. It was founded by late fr Jan Góra, OP who organized the first Lednica Youth Meeting in 1997.

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