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2016-06-26

One thousand six hundred kilometers, one hundred and eighty people, one hundred motorcycles traveling for four days - and all to promote World Youth Day. 

This was the goal of the nine priests and 171 lay people who drove their motorcycles from Krakow to Rome for a special pilgrimage to Rome. Their mission was to promote the youth encounter to young people along the way.

FR. ROMAN SIKONSDB
Organizer, WYD Motorcycle pilgrimage
"We are encouraging them to come because we show them, everywhere is a logo of WYD and every time we are talking about Divine Mercy. The main message of WYD is be merciful, so this is what we are doing here to show this Polish way of prayer, also as bikers.”

The bikers attended the Wednesday general audience and parked their motorcycles right in front of St. Peter's Basilica. They were able to see and pray with the Pope and even had original gifts created for him revolving around mercy and the youth meeting in July.

FR. ROMAN SIKONSDB
Organizer, WYD Motorcycle pilgrimage
"Also today we have had some special gifts for Pope Francis. That was the biker helmet, with the picture of Divine Mercy, Jesus' Divine Mercy, Also he got the special leather jacket, white one for him as a Pope, so maybe he will use in the future as a biker, who knows!”

The Polish priests were clad in leather jackets and vests. Some bore the WYD logo and others featured St. Faustina's image of Jesus of Divine Mercy. 

There was a black uniform T-shirt designed for the pilgrimage, which was a total of six days in Rome. Before returning to Krakow, they had a private mass to conclude their trip. 

They are very happy to be in Rome, but most importantly, they are looking forward to July 25, when pilgrims will flock to their home country.

FR. ROMAN SIKONSDB
Organizer, WYD Motorcycle pilgrimage
"It will be the best WYD in history! Welcome! Come, all of you!”

As for now, they will continue to pray for the upcoming encounter as they ride back to Krakow, waving the WYD flags behind them. 


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