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UK communications officers take their skills to WYD

Young people from Poland carry the cross of the World Youth Day  next to the cardinal of Krakow Stanislaw Dziwisz (R) at St Peter's square during the Palm Sunday celebrations - AFP

Young people from Poland carry the cross of the World Youth Day next to the cardinal of Krakow Stanislaw Dziwisz (R) at St Peter's square during the Palm Sunday celebrations - AFP

22/07/2016 10:00

(Vatican Radio) Blogging, taking photos and engaging with social media, these are just some of the ways young communications officers from the Archdiocese of Westminster will be communicating the events of World Youth Day in Krakow to people back home.

Hannah Woolley and James Kelliher are heading off to WYD armed with enthusiasm, ideas and skills in their role as communications officers for the event.

This will be Hannah’s first experience of a World Youth Day and she told Lydia O’Kane that she is very much looking forward to it, adding that it’s an opportunity to learn more about her faith and to learn more from other people.

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For James, Krakow will be his third time taking part in the youth meeting, having previously been to Rio and Madrid.

So what are these communications officers hoping that the youth travelling to Poland will take away from this event?

“One of the things I hope from this”, says James, “is that it’s picked up in social media around the world and news organisations around the world that they see, hear this event  with millions of young people who are sharing a really positive message…”

From Hannah’s perspective and in the context of the Year of Mercy, she says, World Youth Day itself is a time to show mercy and be merciful to one another. But on a personal level, she’s hoping she will gain a lot from the catechesis sessions during WYD adding that often times people have very little time to learn more about their faith.

22/07/2016 10:00