The Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe, His Most Reverend Excellency Marek Zalewski said the pilgrimage for the International World Youth Day (WYD) is not just a physical travel but a journey into oneself for those who will go and those who will not make it to Poland.

He said this to the youths gathered at Roosevelt Girls High to celebrate the Archdiocese of Harare 2016 World Youth Day on the 16th of April 2016.

“Many of you probably cannot go there (to Poland) physically; I cannot travel to my home country as well. Your pilgrimage to Poland started when you decided to participate in this extraordinary event locally in your diocese, parish or individually,” he said.

He encouraged the youths not traveling to Poland to religiously follow the proceedings through various platforms of communication saying the WYD is the symbol of that presence of Jesus among his people in an extra ordinary way.

“If you follow what the Holy Father will be saying you can do it from your homes. Even when you participate locally you are still a pilgrim on a same journey. The internal movement in us is much more important than physical numbers in Poland.”

During the celebrations, the youths engaged in several works of Mercy at various communities including visiting and helping orphaned children, old people and cleaning on public places in response to the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the call to care for the environment.

Archdiocese of Harare Pastoral Council Chairperson, Mrs Makamure expressed her gratitude on the enthusiasm shown by the youths in reflecting the mercy and love of God to marginalized communities and affirmed that the youth is no longer the future but the present Church.

In the Archdiocese of Harare the local event for 2017 will be held in the Western Deanery while the 2016, 31st international event will run under the theme proclaimed by the Holy Father, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”(Mt5:7) .