26/07 - 31/07/2016

Disabled Pilgrims

World Youth Day in Krakow is knocking at the door. Within a year, youth from all over the world will gather together with the Pope to celebrate their faith, unity and the joy of the Gospel. The Organizing Committee has already started to plan for everyone to take part in this event, regardless of their nationality, language and mental or physical abilities.

World Youth Day is an international meeting of youth from all over the world who, together with their priests, gather to profess their faith in Christ. This February, a team began activities to ensure that  young people with disabilities will be able to fully and freely celebrate all of the events. During the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid there were 400,000 people in attendance, of which 1.2% had disabilities.

Disabled people will not have to separate themselves from the group with which they came, or have to participate in the Catechesis in other locations. Those in charge of organizing groups within parishes and dioceses, as well as the families who are accommodating pilgrims, will provide them with everything that they may need whenever possible, so that every pilgrim can fully participate in WYD.

Pope Francis has invited all of the youth to Krakow, and we are confident that physical disabilities will not be an obstacle for anybody to come and celebrate in Krakow.

A team under the leadership of Father Jarosław Chlebda consists of workers from different Organizing Committees of WYD departments.

Organizations collaborating with the Organizing Committee:

- Polish Association for the Blind, Małopolska Zone

- Polish Association for the Deaf, Małopolska branch

- Catholic Association for Disabled People and Their Friends ‘KLIKA’

- L’Arche Foundation

The city of Krakow is also involved, represented by Bogdan Dąsala - Assignee of Krakow for the Disabled.

The online registration procedure for pilgrims began in July 2015 and can be reached HERE.


Transportation at Campus Misericordiae for disabled people

For disabled people there 3 bus lines will be launched: first station Dworzec Czyżyny – last station Lesisko
First station Dworzec Nowy Kleparz – last station Lesisko
First station ul. Dworcowa (Dworzec płaszów region) – last station Mała Góra

The routes will be active from July 30 from 8:00am and these will be dispatcher courses (the bus after being filled will go on its route). Only disabled persons will be authorized to enter with one guardian after showing a volunteer their entrance passes to the sector for disabled person. Return Courses will be implemented from final stations on Sunday July 31.

If persons without disabilities who are not authorized for travel wish to enter busses and it is not possible to ensure verification by volunteers and ensure the safety of the trip the lines will not be run.

Additional information:

1.    Only persons with disabilities with appropriate permissions will come to the Campus/ it is no longer possible to receive such permission/
2.    Pilgrims possessing tickets to sectors for persons with disabilities (C1 and C2) will be able to come to them from each side of Campus Misericordiae

If you have any questions - please write to us: disabilities@krakow2016.com (we'll respond in english / french).



You can still apply to be a volunteer with those with disabilities during World Youth Day. Are you are a disabled person who would like to be a volunteer? We are also waiting for your application! Follow the link at  ‘Volunteers Registration’.

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