After a two and half days journey Sr. Laura Baldini, MSC. Ndoda, Nonhlanhla, Phicekile & Sipho finally arrived in Poland for World Youth Day 2016, on July 20th. Their first station was at Wroctaw where they joyfully joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I) on the pre world youth day mini event. They were joined by other youths from Zambia, Spain, U.S, Ghana, Germany, and Poland to mention a few. During their stay in Wroctawu they participated in the music festivals, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, reconciliation and the way of the cross.
The peak of this moment was when they got an opportunity to share with their peers the cultural pride through the Traditional dance. The most touching moments of their lives, was when they received generous love and care from the Polish people who hosted them in their homes and shared with them who they are and opened their warm hearts for them. Despite language barriers but the Swazi team felt them love of the Polish people, motivated in the spirit of prayer based on spirituality of Our Lady of Justakowa, emphasizing on charity.
From Wroctawu the team made their way to Crakow where the main event was to be held, where they joined in an Opening Mass celebrated by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwsz I Blomia Park. This event had more than 2 ½ million people, who together welcomed the Holy Father who later at the even motivated the youth in his words “please do not retire before starting life… live a young life committed to Christ.” This was a wonderful moment for the Youth from Swaziland especially when they met their Father in faith; Bishop Jose from Manzini diocese.
Moreover, they stayed at the vigil with the His Holiness and they were united to one another in the Love of God gathered by the Vicar of Christ who shepherds the church.
After the celebration the youth had a chance to visit a number of places, and yet for them the most outstanding of this visit was when they visited the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart generalate where they had an opportunity to see the mother Cabrini’s original letters, which she wrote. And they left Ligcebesha as a souvenir to the sisters.
Other places visited were:
- Rome, ( St. Peters Basilica, St. Mary Majore, St. John and St. Paul), The Colloseum, Ara Caeli Church, Church of Gesu, Pantheon, Piaza Del Populo, the Tomb of Catherine of Siena, St. Peters Dome, and the Roman Forum.