Hope University's CathSoc pilgrimage to Krakow

Polish trip inspired by Year of Mercy

Students from Liverpool Hope University's Catholic Society made a post-Easter pilgrimage to Krakow in Poland to celebrate the Year of Mercy.

Katie Jones, CathSoc president, commented that "it was a great week spent reflecting on the theme of mercy with other young people as we followed the path of mercy through Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Maria Faustyna Kowalska – aka Sister Faustina – and Pope Saint John Paul II".

The group, some of whom are returning to Krakow for World Youth Day later this year, took time out to visit Auschwitz and consider when mercy is absent from an ideology.

Father Stephen Pritchard, Hope University's Catholic chaplain, said: "The Year of Mercy has inspired a number of students to look at how they can live their faith more meaningfully and the pilgrimage to Krakow enabled people to talk openly about their lives and how to live it for God and others."