Polish church unveils preliminary plan for pope’s July visit

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Pope Francis will visit the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau during a July 27-31 visit to Poland for the celebration of World Youth Day, the Polish bishops announced. Up to 2.5 million young people from around the world, as well as 20,000 priests and 1,200 bishops, are expected at the…

WYD Krakow 2016 draft schedule released

(Vatican Radio) A draft of the program of the trip that Pope Francis will make to Poland from July 27 to 31 in the context of the 31st World Youth Day was presented in Krakow on Saturday. According to the provisional schedule, the Pope is to arrive Wednesday, July 27, at Krakow-Balice airport. The first…

Polish bishop suggests World Youth Day 2016 should be ‘open to all’

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty. Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland, which is hosting the international celebration, said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event…