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East Anglian excitement builds for WYD in Portugal

Excitement is building across the Diocese of East Anglia among the over 60 pilgrims heading to Portugal in July for World Youth Day in Lisbon.

A final preparation meeting was held at Our Lady in Newmarket on Sunday June 25 when around 40 pilgrims and leaders gathered for the last time before the two-week pilgrimage first in Porto and then in Lisbon.

Youth Service Director Hamish MacQueen led the day when participants worshipped, prayed and worked together on a Code of Conduct for the trip.

The group is made up of mostly young people from all over the diocese including  Norwich, Ipswich, Peterborough, King’s Lynn, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, North Walsham, Clare, Sheringham, Stowmarket, Wisbech and Woodbridge.

They will leave for Porto on Wednesday July 26 after a ‘sending off’ Mass in Newmarket, celebrated by Bishop Peter. After a few days of cultural and faith based activities run by the Diocese of Viana do Castelo, the group head for Lisbon on Monday July 31, visiting the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on the way.  Over one million people are expected at the celebrations in Lisbon culminating in a vigil and Mass with Pope Francis. For further information, see https://www.lisboa2023.org/

If you would like the young people of the diocese to pray for you at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and in Lisbon at Mass with Pope Francis, please email your intentions to wyd2023@outlook.com

A media team amongst the pilgrims will be publishing daily updates on the activities of the East Anglia group and the wider WYD events. You can follow it on this website and on our social media channels on Twitter and Facebook, so please click these links now to follow/like them, to make sure you do not miss any of the news. 

Pictured are WYD pilgrims at the preparation meeting in Newmarket. Picture by Jason Moore.