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World Youth Day

Tue Jul 26th 2016 to Sun Jul 31st 2016
Krakow, Krakow
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From July 26-31 Kraków will welcome millions of young Catholic pilgrims as the host of the 2016 World Youth Day. Attended by Pope Francis, this year’s theme is “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7)  The World Youth Day program includes several days of Main Events with the Holy Father as well as spiritual and cultural events such as liturgies, catechesis, concerts, performances, and encounters with renowned communities and religious movements from around the world. Below is a basic outline of dates and events.

At Błonia Meadow:
Tue, July 26: Opening Mass performed by the Archbishop of Kraków, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz
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Thu, July 28: Papal Welcome with Pope Francis

Fri, July 29: Stations of the Cross

At Campus Misericordiae 

(located between Kraków and Wieliczka):
Sat, July 30: Arrival of pilgrims on foot to the vigil site.Evening vigil with the Holy Father in front of the Most Holy Sacrament

Sunday, July 31: Closing ceremonies; final Mass by Pope Francis and announcement of next WYD host

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