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Poland visit will be inspired by mercy, pope says


  • The entrance gate to the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp is seen in Oswiecim, Poland, in this Sept. 4, 2015, file photo. In a news conference July 20, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that among the highlights of Pope Francis' visit to Poland for World Youth Day will be his stop at the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)
  • A couple tours the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum in Oswiecim, Poland. In a news conference July 20, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that among the highlights of Pope Francis' visit to Poland for World Youth Day will be his stop at the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe, who took the place of a young father condemned to die at Auschwitz during World War II, is pictured in an undated painting. Pope Francis will meet with 10 Holocaust survivors and visit St. Maximilian Kolbe's cell during his July 29 visit to the the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. (CNS photo by John Pole)

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis said he looks forward to his upcoming visit to Poland for World Youth Day and that his visit will be inspired by mercy during this Jubilee Year.

The "blessed memory of St. John Paul II, who instituted the World Youth Days and was the guide of the Polish people in its recent historic journey toward freedom," will also serve as an inspiration, the pope said in a July 19 video message to the people of Poland.

The pope will join hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world during his July 27-31 visit to celebrate World Youth Day.

The 2016 World Youth Day celebration will mark the 30th anniversary of when St. John Paul II, the former archbishop of Krakow, invited bishops all over the world to hold an annual event for youths in their dioceses. The first international gathering, now held every two or three years, was in 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Pope Francis was born and ministered before becoming pope.

In his video message, the pope said he blessed young people traveling to Krakow and was "praying that it will be a pilgrimage of faith and fraternity."

"I am very anxious to meet you and to offer the world a new sign of harmony, a mosaic of different faces, from many races, languages, peoples and cultures, but all united in the name of Jesus, who is the face of mercy," the pope said.

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