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Papal message thanks Poland's Catholics for World Youth Day welcome

August 23, 2016

Pope Francis has sent a message to Church leaders in Poland, expressing his gratitude for World Youth Day and "your warm welcome and the zeal with which my visit was prepared." 

The Pope's message-- addressed to Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, the president of the Polish bishops' conference-- praised the Catholic people of Poland for "your strong faith and the unwavering hope that you have kept in spite of difficulties and tragedies." 

The Pope mentioned two events during his trip to Poland that remain especially vivid in his mind: "the moving Eucharistic celebration at the Shrine of Czestochowa, for the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism, and the moment of prayer in the concentration camp at Auschwitz."

 
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