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Poland sets out to welcome Pope Francis and six thousand journalists

2015-05-29



On May 29, the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw organized a press conference concerning WYD Krakow 2016 and the Papal visit in Poland.

The Church perceives World Youth Day as a celebration of faith, extending beyond country boundaries, culture and language, and opening a window to a universal dimension of the Gospel. “The celebration unifies the whole of humanity, especially the youth, in this restless, divided world” said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz at the conference held on May 29 at the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw. The associated press conference related to WYD Krakow 2016 and the Papal visit in Poland.

Jacek Cichocki, bp Artur Mizinski, bp Damian Muskus, as well as members of the Organizing Committee for WYD 2016 were present at the conference.  Issues regarding logistical and spiritual aspects for preparation for this special event were discussed. Other subjects, such as the venues for the main events, WYD programming, registrations and financing, were also discussed in the conference. Marcin Przeciszewski (Catholic News Agency KAI), who is in charge of the organization of press service for the Polish Episcopal Conference, and Lidia Sobańska (Polish Press Agency PAP), who is responsible for the organization of press service for government body, revealed the venues of media centers to journalists. The venues are: ICE Krakow, media zone at the Misericordiae Campus and some smaller centers near places where the Pope will visit. It is anticipated that Krakow will host around 6 thousand journalists, both national and international.

Minister Jacek Cichocki, who is the government representative and also the Chairman of the Committee for Preparation of the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis in Poland in 2016, is in charge of supporting the organization of World Youth Day Krakow 2016. He assured of Poland’s full assistance in ensuring preparedness of services during the meeting of the Holy Father with Polish authorities, Poles and the arriving pilgrims.

In answer to the question: “What is it like, the Krakow that we are inviting the young to?” bishop Damian Muskus, the General Coordinator of the Krakow 2016 Organizing Committee, said:  “Krakow is very well prepared for meeting the youth of the world. Prepared as far as logistics, organization, but most of all, spirituality.”

Some projects have already been initiated, outlining the spiritual side of going on a pilgrimage to Krakow over the following year and as part of the Jubilee Year. Fr. Grzegorz Suchodolski, the Main Secretary of WYD Krakow 2016, referred to the so-called walking catechesis, during which registered groups will be invited to walk from Krakow’s Blonia up to the John Paul II Sanctuary and to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. This is where the “Gate of Mercy” will be placed. As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, entering the “Gate of Mercy” will provide the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence.


The figure of John Paul II, the initiator and patron of WYD, will be brought closer to the young people during events in his hometown, Krakow. Many pilgrims who will come to Krakow are from a generation that had no direct contact with the Holy Pope. “And,” assures Dorota Abdelmoula from the General Secretariat of Organizing Committee of WYD, “foreign delegations, which already come to Poland, are interested in the spirituality of the country from which John Paul II came.”

“Despite the years that have passed since the death of John Paul II, he is still very present in the life and consciousness of the contemporary Church,” concluded Cardinal Dziwisz.

An important theme of the conference was the issue of participant registration, which will be launched about one year before the central events of World Youth Day in Krakow. Registration will be done in stages. First will be the sign-up of the “macro-group” of 150 - 5000 participants. This is an invitation to gather in larger communities, resulting in national episcopates or diocesan centers.

Within the groups, registrants will need to indicate the number of minors that will be participating in WYD with parental consent and their appointed guardian, the number of people with disabilities attending, and which package they have chosen for the pilgrim group.

World Youth Day in Krakow may prove to be only part of the Pope’s visit in Poland. The Polish Episcopate presented to the Vatican other cities to which the Holy Father is particularly invited. As pointed out by Bishop Miziński, the presence of Pope Francis would enhance the celebration of the 1050 anniversary of the baptism of Poland in Poznan and Gniezno. Following his predecessor, the Holy Father could also visit Czestochowa and meet there, for example, the consecrated persons. Cardinal Dziwisz also mentioned the possibility of the Pope visiting the Memorial at the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

There are 14 months until World Youth Day and the Pope’s visit in Poland. According to estimates in Krakow and at the Campus Misericordiae, up to 2.5 million young pilgrims from almost all countries of the world are predicted to attend.
Poland sets out to welcome Pope Francis and six thousand journalists

On May 29, the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw organized a press conference concerning WYD Krakow 2016 and the Papal visit in Poland.

The Church perceives World Youth Day as a celebration of faith, extending beyond country boundaries, culture and language, and opening a window to a universal dimension of the Gospel. “The celebration unifies the whole of humanity, especially the youth, in this restless, divided world” said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz at the conference held on May 29 at the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw. The associated press conference related to WYD Krakow 2016 and the Papal visit in Poland.

Jacek Cichocki, bp Artur Mizinski, bp Damian Muskus, as well as members of the Organizing Committee for WYD 2016 were present at the conference.  Issues regarding logistical and spiritual aspects for preparation for this special event were discussed. Other subjects, such as the venues for the main events, WYD programming, registrations and financing, were also discussed in the conference. Marcin Przeciszewski (Catholic News Agency KAI), who is in charge of the organization of press service for the Polish Episcopal Conference, and Lidia Sobańska (Polish Press Agency PAP), who is responsible for the organization of press service for government body, revealed the venues of media centers to journalists. The venues are: ICE Krakow, media zone at the Misericordiae Campus and some smaller centers near places where the Pope will visit. It is anticipated that Krakow will host around 6 thousand journalists, both national and international.

Minister Jacek Cichocki, who is the government representative and also the Chairman of the Committee for Preparation of the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis in Poland in 2016, is in charge of supporting the organization of World Youth Day Krakow 2016. He assured of Poland’s full assistance in ensuring preparedness of services during the meeting of the Holy Father with Polish authorities, Poles and the arriving pilgrims.

In answer to the question: “What is it like, the Krakow that we are inviting the young to?” bishop Damian Muskus, the General Coordinator of the Krakow 2016 Organizing Committee, said:  “Krakow is very well prepared for meeting the youth of the world. Prepared as far as logistics, organization, but most of all, spirituality.”

Some projects have already been initiated, outlining the spiritual side of going on a pilgrimage to Krakow over the following year and as part of the Jubilee Year. Fr. Grzegorz Suchodolski, the Main Secretary of WYD Krakow 2016, referred to the so-called walking catechesis, during which registered groups will be invited to walk from Krakow’s Blonia up to the John Paul II Sanctuary and to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. This is where the “Gate of Mercy” will be placed. As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, entering the “Gate of Mercy” will provide the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence.


The figure of John Paul II, the initiator and patron of WYD, will be brought closer to the young people during events in his hometown, Krakow. Many pilgrims who will come to Krakow are from a generation that had no direct contact with the Holy Pope. “And,” assures Dorota Abdelmoula from the General Secretariat of Organizing Committee of WYD, “foreign delegations, which already come to Poland, are interested in the spirituality of the country from which John Paul II came.”

“Despite the years that have passed since the death of John Paul II, he is still very present in the life and consciousness of the contemporary Church,” concluded Cardinal Dziwisz.

An important theme of the conference was the issue of participant registration, which will be launched about one year before the central events of World Youth Day in Krakow. Registration will be done in stages. First will be the sign-up of the “macro-group” of 150 - 5000 participants. This is an invitation to gather in larger communities, resulting in national episcopates or diocesan centers.

Within the groups, registrants will need to indicate the number of minors that will be participating in WYD with parental consent and their appointed guardian, the number of people with disabilities attending, and which package they have chosen for the pilgrim group.

World Youth Day in Krakow may prove to be only part of the Pope’s visit in Poland. The Polish Episcopate presented to the Vatican other cities to which the Holy Father is particularly invited. As pointed out by Bishop Miziński, the presence of Pope Francis would enhance the celebration of the 1050 anniversary of the baptism of Poland in Poznan and Gniezno. Following his predecessor, the Holy Father could also visit Czestochowa and meet there, for example, the consecrated persons. Cardinal Dziwisz also mentioned the possibility of the Pope visiting the Memorial at the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

There are 14 months until World Youth Day and the Pope’s visit in Poland. According to estimates in Krakow and at the Campus Misericordiae, up to 2.5 million young pilgrims from almost all countries of the world are predicted to attend.



Poland sets out to welcome Pope Francis and six thousand journalists

On May 29, the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw organized a press conference concerning WYD Krakow 2016 and the Papal visit in Poland.

The Church perceives World Youth Day as a celebration of faith, extending beyond country boundaries, culture and language, and opening a window to a universal dimension of the Gospel. “The celebration unifies the whole of humanity, especially the youth, in this restless, divided world” said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz at the conference held on May 29 at the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw. The associated press conference related to WYD Krakow 2016 and the Papal visit in Poland.

Jacek Cichocki, bp Artur Mizinski, bp Damian Muskus, as well as members of the Organizing Committee for WYD 2016 were present at the conference.  Issues regarding logistical and spiritual aspects for preparation for this special event were discussed. Other subjects, such as the venues for the main events, WYD programming, registrations and financing, were also discussed in the conference. Marcin Przeciszewski (Catholic News Agency KAI), who is in charge of the organization of press service for the Polish Episcopal Conference, and Lidia Sobańska (Polish Press Agency PAP), who is responsible for the organization of press service for government body, revealed the venues of media centers to journalists. The venues are: ICE Krakow, media zone at the Misericordiae Campus and some smaller centers near places where the Pope will visit. It is anticipated that Krakow will host around 6 thousand journalists, both national and international.

Minister Jacek Cichocki, who is the government representative and also the Chairman of the Committee for Preparation of the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis in Poland in 2016, is in charge of supporting the organization of World Youth Day Krakow 2016. He assured of Poland’s full assistance in ensuring preparedness of services during the meeting of the Holy Father with Polish authorities, Poles and the arriving pilgrims.

In answer to the question: “What is it like, the Krakow that we are inviting the young to?” bishop Damian Muskus, the General Coordinator of the Krakow 2016 Organizing Committee, said:  “Krakow is very well prepared for meeting the youth of the world. Prepared as far as logistics, organization, but most of all, spirituality.”

Some projects have already been initiated, outlining the spiritual side of going on a pilgrimage to Krakow over the following year and as part of the Jubilee Year. Fr. Grzegorz Suchodolski, the Main Secretary of WYD Krakow 2016, referred to the so-called walking catechesis, during which registered groups will be invited to walk from Krakow’s Blonia up to the John Paul II Sanctuary and to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. This is where the “Gate of Mercy” will be placed. As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, entering the “Gate of Mercy” will provide the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence.


The figure of John Paul II, the initiator and patron of WYD, will be brought closer to the young people during events in his hometown, Krakow. Many pilgrims who will come to Krakow are from a generation that had no direct contact with the Holy Pope. “And,” assures Dorota Abdelmoula from the General Secretariat of Organizing Committee of WYD, “foreign delegations, which already come to Poland, are interested in the spirituality of the country from which John Paul II came.”

“Despite the years that have passed since the death of John Paul II, he is still very present in the life and consciousness of the contemporary Church,” concluded Cardinal Dziwisz.

An important theme of the conference was the issue of participant registration, which will be launched about one year before the central events of World Youth Day in Krakow. Registration will be done in stages. First will be the sign-up of the “macro-group” of 150 - 5000 participants. This is an invitation to gather in larger communities, resulting in national episcopates or diocesan centers.

Within the groups, registrants will need to indicate the number of minors that will be participating in WYD with parental consent and their appointed guardian, the number of people with disabilities attending, and which package they have chosen for the pilgrim group.

World Youth Day in Krakow may prove to be only part of the Pope’s visit in Poland. The Polish Episcopate presented to the Vatican other cities to which the Holy Father is particularly invited. As pointed out by Bishop Miziński, the presence of Pope Francis would enhance the celebration of the 1050 anniversary of the baptism of Poland in Poznan and Gniezno. Following his predecessor, the Holy Father could also visit Czestochowa and meet there, for example, the consecrated persons. Cardinal Dziwisz also mentioned the possibility of the Pope visiting the Memorial at the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

There are 14 months until World Youth Day and the Pope’s visit in Poland. According to estimates in Krakow and at the Campus Misericordiae, up to 2.5 million young pilgrims from almost all countries of the world are predicted to attend.
Poland sets out to welcome Pope Francis and six thousand journalists

On May 29, the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw organized a press conference concerning WYD Krakow 2016 and the Papal visit in Poland.

The Church perceives World Youth Day as a celebration of faith, extending beyond country boundaries, culture and language, and opening a window to a universal dimension of the Gospel. “The celebration unifies the whole of humanity, especially the youth, in this restless, divided world” said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz at the conference held on May 29 at the Polish Episcopal Conference in Warsaw. The associated press conference related to WYD Krakow 2016 and the Papal visit in Poland.

Jacek Cichocki, bp Artur Mizinski, bp Damian Muskus, as well as members of the Organizing Committee for WYD 2016 were present at the conference.  Issues regarding logistical and spiritual aspects for preparation for this special event were discussed. Other subjects, such as the venues for the main events, WYD programming, registrations and financing, were also discussed in the conference. Marcin Przeciszewski (Catholic News Agency KAI), who is in charge of the organization of press service for the Polish Episcopal Conference, and Lidia Sobańska (Polish Press Agency PAP), who is responsible for the organization of press service for government body, revealed the venues of media centers to journalists. The venues are: ICE Krakow, media zone at the Misericordiae Campus and some smaller centers near places where the Pope will visit. It is anticipated that Krakow will host around 6 thousand journalists, both national and international.

Minister Jacek Cichocki, who is the government representative and also the Chairman of the Committee for Preparation of the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis in Poland in 2016, is in charge of supporting the organization of World Youth Day Krakow 2016. He assured of Poland’s full assistance in ensuring preparedness of services during the meeting of the Holy Father with Polish authorities, Poles and the arriving pilgrims.

In answer to the question: “What is it like, the Krakow that we are inviting the young to?” bishop Damian Muskus, the General Coordinator of the Krakow 2016 Organizing Committee, said:  “Krakow is very well prepared for meeting the youth of the world. Prepared as far as logistics, organization, but most of all, spirituality.”

Some projects have already been initiated, outlining the spiritual side of going on a pilgrimage to Krakow over the following year and as part of the Jubilee Year. Fr. Grzegorz Suchodolski, the Main Secretary of WYD Krakow 2016, referred to the so-called walking catechesis, during which registered groups will be invited to walk from Krakow’s Blonia up to the John Paul II Sanctuary and to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. This is where the “Gate of Mercy” will be placed. As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, entering the “Gate of Mercy” will provide the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence.


The figure of John Paul II, the initiator and patron of WYD, will be brought closer to the young people during events in his hometown, Krakow. Many pilgrims who will come to Krakow are from a generation that had no direct contact with the Holy Pope. “And,” assures Dorota Abdelmoula from the General Secretariat of Organizing Committee of WYD, “foreign delegations, which already come to Poland, are interested in the spirituality of the country from which John Paul II came.”

“Despite the years that have passed since the death of John Paul II, he is still very present in the life and consciousness of the contemporary Church,” concluded Cardinal Dziwisz.

An important theme of the conference was the issue of participant registration, which will be launched about one year before the central events of World Youth Day in Krakow. Registration will be done in stages. First will be the sign-up of the “macro-group” of 150 - 5000 participants. This is an invitation to gather in larger communities, resulting in national episcopates or diocesan centers.

Within the groups, registrants will need to indicate the number of minors that will be participating in WYD with parental consent and their appointed guardian, the number of people with disabilities attending, and which package they have chosen for the pilgrim group.

World Youth Day in Krakow may prove to be only part of the Pope’s visit in Poland. The Polish Episcopate presented to the Vatican other cities to which the Holy Father is particularly invited. As pointed out by Bishop Miziński, the presence of Pope Francis would enhance the celebration of the 1050 anniversary of the baptism of Poland in Poznan and Gniezno. Following his predecessor, the Holy Father could also visit Czestochowa and meet there, for example, the consecrated persons. Cardinal Dziwisz also mentioned the possibility of the Pope visiting the Memorial at the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

There are 14 months until World Youth Day and the Pope’s visit in Poland. According to estimates in Krakow and at the Campus Misericordiae, up to 2.5 million young pilgrims from almost all countries of the world are predicted to attend.

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