World Youth Day in Poland

In July 2016, the Polish city of Krakow will host World Youth Day. More than two million young people from all over the world will visit the city on the Vistula River to hear and see Pope Francis.

Poland has been preparing for World Youth Day since July 2013, when Pope Francis announced that Krakow would host the next youth meeting. He chose this city for its strong ties with Pope John Paul II. The Polish pope was not only closely connected to Krakow throughout his life as a priest, he also initiated World Youth Day. The first meeting took place in Rome in 1985.

The organising committee has been liaising with the episcopates of more than 110 countries from all over the world, including remote places such as the Easter Islands, Samoa, and Saudi Arabia.

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