Secretariat of State of the Holy See approved the term of the XXXI World Youth Day, which will take place in Krakow from 26-31 July 2016. The days from 20-25 July will be important for our archdiocese, because during the week before the main celebrations of the World Youth Day in Krakow young people from all over the world will come to each diocese for a Missionary Week, also known as the Days in the Diocese. At that time Poland will be called “Campus Misericordiae”, different dioceses will get the biblical names and our Diocese of Katowice will be named “Mount Carmel”.
It was on the famous Mount Carmel on the Palestinian coast where the Prophet of Fire – Elijah saw a small cloud that during the great drought announced an invigorating rainfall on the dried ground. Thanks to his supernatural intuition he recognised that this simple feet -shaped cloud symbolizes the blessed woman announced later by the prophet Isaiah (“It is this: the young woman is with child and will give birth to a son”), the one that will be the Mother of the Savior. From her virginal womb was about to leave the one who by washing in his blood the ground dried by sin opened the gates of grace for people. According to tradition the successors of Elijah gave rise to the Order of Carmelites, for which the Virgin Mary is the Mother and pride as in the words of Isaiah “The glory of Lebanon is bestowed on it, the splendour of Carmel and Sharon” (Isaiah 35.2). Hermits of Mount Carmel went to Europe from Palestine and settled in various countries, including England, where St. Simon Stock lived.