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Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz death camp and meet with sick children

2016-07-29 / News


Pope Francis' Friday itinerary includes a visit to the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, a visit to the University Children's Hospital in Krakow and a Way of the Cross service in Blonia Park.

The pope will pass on foot through the Auschwitz I camp's gate, like his predecessors John Paul II and Benedict XVI before him. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo will meet Pope Francis at the camp's Block No. 11 ('the death block'), after which the pope will speak with 12 Auschwitz survivors and then pray in silence at the Death Wall.


The pope will also pray in the death cell of Father Maksymilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest who volunteered to die in place of a stranger. He is also due to meet with a group of Righteous Among the Nations - people who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II.

 

In the afternoon Pope Francis and the Polish prime minister will visit a children's hospital in Krakow-Prokocim. In the evening the pope will lead a Way of the Cross service in Blonia Park. 


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