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ICC Note: World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 is to be held in Poland at the end of July. The young Christians of Erbil are preparing for this under the local Iraqi archbishop leadership who is organizing the event. There are to be over 200 young Iraqis–boys and girls who will attend the event from across the country. Of these there will be a group of young people who fled Mosul in 2014 and are now living as refugees.

07/18/2016 Iraq (Asia News): The young Christians of Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, are preparing for the World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 to be held in Krakow, Poland, 26 to 31 July. Yesterday, they held the  last meeting at the diocesan level, under the local leadership of the Archbishop, Msgr. Bashar Matti Warda and Fr. Rayan Atto, who is organizing the event together with the bishop.

There will be over 200 young Iraqis – boys and girls – attending the event, from all the dioceses of the country. These will include a group of refugees who fled from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain in the summer of 2014 with the rise of the militias of the Islamic State (IS) in the region.

The delegation will be led by Msgr. Warda, Msgr. Basil Yaldo (deputy to the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako), a dozen priests and a group of nuns.

In recent weeks the participants in WYD promoted a number of meetings at  a community level; on July 19 is scheduled a day of retreat and prayer, inspired by the Jubilee of Mercy.

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