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Pope Francis to visit Kraków, Auschwitz, Czestochowa during trip to Poland

June 09, 2016

The Holy See Press Office has announced the official schedule of Pope Francis’s upcoming apostolic journey to Poland.

During his five days in Poland, the Pope is scheduled to deliver six addresses and preach at three public Masses.

On July 27, Pope Francis will arrive in Kraków, Poland’s second-largest city, where St. John Paul II served as a priest and archbishop. The Pope will meet with President Andrzej Duda and deliver two addresses: one to the diplomatic corps in the courtyard of Wawel Castle, and one to the nation’s bishops in Wawel Cathedral.

The following day, the Pope will travel to the shrine of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, where he will celebrate Mass in commemoration of the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland. When he returns to Kraków, he will address youth gathered in Blonia Park for World Youth Day.

On July 29, Pope Francis will travel to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he will deliver an address. When he returns to Kraków, he will visit a pediatric hospital and return to Blonia Park to lead the Stations of the Cross for World Youth Day.

The following day, he will visit the Divine Mercy Shrine in Kraków, where pilgrims venerate the image of the Divine Mercy and the relics of St. Faustina Kowalska. After hearing the confessions of some young people, the Pope will go to the nearby Shrine of St. John Paul II, where he will offer Mass for priests, religious, and seminarians.That evening, the Pope will lead World Youth Day participants in prayer at the Campus Misericordiae (Field of Mercy), which is located several miles from Kraków.

On the following morning, July 31, he will celebrate the closing Mass of World Youth Day at the Campus Misericordiae. Late that afternoon, he will deliver an address to World Youth Day volunteers before returning to Rome.


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