“Mary arose and went with haste” – Lk 1:39
This is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 28th World Youth Day held for the first time in the capital city of Lisbon, Portugal. The scripture describes the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, following the Annunciation, when the angel announced to Mary that she would be the Mother of the Son of God, the theme of the last WYD in Panama.
The WYD week takes place over six days, beginning with an Opening Mass and concluding with an evening Vigil and Final Mass with the Pope. During the week, pilgrims from all walks of life attend Catechesis sessions and unite in prayer and the sacraments. A Youth Festival will also take place each day where pilgrims can reach across barriers of language and culture and celebrate together their Catholic faith through music and theatre and all manner of celebrations. Though WYD events are aimed at young people aged 16-35, people of all ages are welcome to come and be a part of the occasion.
Harvest partners with the world’s best pilgrim ground operators and guides who share a passion for the sacred and impart knowledge about holy and historical sites, expertise about local cuisine and customs, and provide a welcoming experience and unique care and insight at each stage of the journey.
For over 35 years, Harvest has been singularly devoted to faith-based travel. We are 100% dedicated to Catholic pilgrimage and providing every traveller with the greatest opportunities to reap the abundant fruit that pilgrimage provides.
Having served various appointments over many years including Official Tour Operator for the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop, World Youth Day 2011 Madrid and 2013 in Rio de Janeiro we are the experts in providing the best World Youth Day Pilgrimage experience.
Harvest is a specialist tour operator and a full member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO), the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS).
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