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…

Auschwitz sets up tour dates just for World Youth Day pilgrims

OSWIECIM, Poland (CNS) — The Auschwitz memorial and museum is setting aside days exclusively for World Youth Day pilgrims who want to tour the former Nazi death camp. The museum has set aside July 20-28 and Aug. 1-3 for participants in World Youth Day, which runs July 26-31 in Krakow, about one-and-a-half hours away. World…

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…