Ambasada Rzeczypospolitej polskiej: Krakow, Polska gospodarzem Światowych Dni Młodzieży - Informacja dla prasy



Wellington, 27 July 2016


Krakow, Poland hosts the World Youth Day – Press Release


From 26 to 31 July pilgrims from around the world meet in Krakow, Poland to celebrate together a nearly week-long festival of faith, which bears the name World Youth Day. It will end with Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis.


More than 100 pilgrims from New Zealand are joining the celebration of the World Youth Day in Krakow. Over a half of them from Auckland, over 20 young people from Christchurch. There are also groups and individuals from Hamilton, Palmerston North and Wellington region. Big part of this contingent is made up of young people of Polish origin. The Pacific countries will be also represented in Krakow, with 12 pilgrims from Tonga, 26 from Kiribati and others from Fiji and Cook Islands.




The World Youth Day under the banner “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” began with the Days in the Dioceses all over Poland. From 20 July, pilgrims have been guests at Polish families, learning the history, tradition and culture of Poland. On 26 July they travelled to Krakow where they will participate in the meeting with the Holy Father.


Pope Francis will arrive in Krakow on 27 July. On this day a welcoming ceremony attended by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda will be held in the Wawel Cathedral. A day later, the Pope will celebrate Holy Mass in the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa on the occasion of the 1050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. On 29 July he will go to Oświęcim, where he will pray at the former Nazi German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. On Saturday, July 30, Liturgy of Reconciliation with the participation of youth will take place in the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Łagiewniki. In the evening, the Holy Father will go to Brzegi for Campus Misericordiae, where vigil with young people will start at 7.30 pm On Sunday, Pope Francis will celebrate Final Mass at the end of the meeting of the young.


Pope Francis admitted that the World Youth Day is a joyful occasion “to meet the beloved Polish nation”. The meeting with young people from around the world will take place “under the sign of mercy in this Jubilee Year and in grateful and devoted memory of St. John Paul II, who was the architect of the World Youth Day and the guide of the Polish nation on its recent historic journey to freedom”, the Holy Father said.

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