Pope Francis’ Program for the WYD in Poland

Source: FSSPX News

The Pope will travel to Poland from July 27 to 31, 2016, for the World Youth Days (WYD) organized in Krakow. Francis will be the third pope to visit Poland, after John Paul II, who went nine times, and Benedict XVI, who went in 2006 for a pilgrimage in his predecessor’s footsteps. The WYD were organized on John Paul II’s initiative, after a first youth gathering in Rome on Palm Sunday, April 15, 1984; after Argentina (April 1987) and Spain (1989), they were held in Czestochowa from August 10 to 15, 1991.

On July 27, Francis will leave Rome and arrive in Krakow in the afternoon. He will meet with the civil authorities and the diplomatic corps in the courtyard of Wawel Castle in Krakow. A courtesy visit to the president of the Republic is planned in the Bird Room in the royal apartments of the castle. In the evening, the Pope will meet with the Polish bishops in the cathedral of Krakow.

On July 28, Pope Francis will go to the convent of the Sisters of the Presentation, then by helicopter to Czestochowa, in the south of Poland. He will arrive at the Jasna Gora Monastery where, after praying in the chapel of the Black Madonna, he will celebrate mass for the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland. He will return by helicopter to Krakow to participate in a welcome ceremony for the young people at Blonia Park.

On July 29, the sovereign pontiff will go by helicopter 60 km west of Krakow, to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in the city of Oswiecim. Back in Krakow, he will visit the University Children’s Hospital of Krakow-Prokocim, then return to the young people in Blonia Park for the Via Crucis.

On July 30, the pontiff will go to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Krakow. He will hear the young people’s confessions then celebrate mass at the John Paul II Shrine, after which he will have lunch with the young people at the archbishop’s residence. In the evening, Pope Francis will go to Campus Misericordiae in the town of Wieliczka (12 km from Krakow) where the prayer vigil and the closing Mass of the WYD are to be held.

On Sunday, July 31, Pope Francis will celebrate the closing Mass at Campus Misericordiae, then recite the Angelus. He will leave for Rome at the end of the day, after meeting with the Organization Committee, the volunteers and benefactors of the WYD.