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More than 21,000 people around the world volunteer for 2016 World Youth Day

An event must be powerful if more than 21,000 people around the world are willing to sacrifice their jobs, family and vacation time for it.  This event is World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, this July, where the 21,000 youth who applied to be short-term volunteers. From these applications, 10,000 were chosen: 3,000 international and 7,000 Polish volunteers.  The Krakow staff has been publishing videos highlighting who these volunteers are, how they are preparing for WYD and what they do for a living. Through these videos, they are hoping to recruit more Polish short-term volunteers during the next couple weeks as well.   To help in this regard, they published a video with international youth lining up on a track and leaving their jobs to all join in one place, Krakow. These short-term volunteers give of their time during the second half of July, when pilgrims will be traveling to Poland from all over the world. Many volunteers have never before attended a WYD, but will gain this experience while serving the community.  Leading up the event, 54 long-term volunteers from 18 different countries are working tirelessly. They have left their families, jobs and homes to be a part of the legacy Saint John Paul II started in 1986 with the first youth encounter, and Pope Francis still continues to this day.   POPE FRANCIS  RIO WYD Meeting with Volunteers  July 28, 2013 "This is the most beautiful service we can give as missionary disciples. To prepare the way so that all people may know, meet and love the Lord. To you who in these days responded with such readiness and generosity to the call to be volunteers for World Youth Day, I say: May you always be generous with God and with others: one loses nothing thereby, but gains great enrichment in life.â? With the blessing of Pope Francis, each long- and short-term volunteer is preparing both spiritually and tangibly for when the youth arrive this July.  MB RR/WYD VM -PR Up:JRB