Arrived in Warsaw

Amy Roff and Gerard Ryan waiting for luggage. Warsaw.

After a long day of travel, the Cairns, Armidale, Wollongong and Toowwomba ( CAWT) pilgrimage group all arrived safe and sound in the Polish capital of Warsaw. After a much anticipated check in at our hotel for showers and a change of clothing, we made our way into the main part of the city to St John’s Cathedral. We passed through streets lined with flowers and summer crowds and were struck by the fact that the city was all but destroyed during WWII and that like a Phoenix the Poles rebuilt from the rubble of war the heart of their city including its many churches.
We gathered for Mass in the nave of the Cathedral with our three Bishops vested in WYD chasubles and were lead in singing by voices and music from Cairns, Toowoomba and Wollongong. Bishop Ingham was the principal celebrant and Fr Varney from Wollongong preached. In his homily Fr Varney challenged us to reflect on why we were on the pilgrimage and drew our minds to thinking about history and asked us to reflect on what we had learnt as Christiians through out history, what continues to draw us together in this place and being attentive to our Christian history we need to reflect that on history ask, what was the inspiration for the action? Where was the Holy Spirit active? Both good questions to ponder as we sat in the rebuilt Cathedral, in the rebuilt city in a country celebrating over 1000 years of Christianity.

Following Mass, we had our first dinner together as CAWT at a lovely restaurant overlooking the cobbled square. A great start to the pilgrimage to Kraków.

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