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Heroism and sacrifice: The Catholic history of Auschwitz

Jul 29, 2016 - 12:20 pm .- Pope Francis sat quietly in one of Auschwitz's most ominous prison cells, praying in what had been the inhumane living space of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest martyred during the Holocaust.

WYD panel discusses worldwide state of religious freedom

Jul 29, 2016 - 10:29 am .- The day after a priest was brutally murdered in France, a panel at World Youth Day in Poland discussed the importance of religious freedom worldwide.

At Auschwitz, Pope prays for God's forgiveness

Jul 29, 2016 - 05:40 am .- Pope Francis paid a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on Friday, where over a million people are believed to have lost their lives. At the memorials, he gave no speech and prayed in silence, but instead wrote in the guest book two simple lines begging for God's mercy and forgiveness.

The humble speak for God, Pope says at Czestochowa

Jul 28, 2016 - 04:44 am .- Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, celebrating the 1050 anniversary of Poland becoming a Christian nation. It was the first major event of the Pope's trip to the country for the 31st World Youth Day.

Syrian brothers reunite at WYD, and ask the world to pray

Jul 28, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.

In first balcony talk, Pope tells youth to 'make chaos'

Jul 27, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- On his first night in Krakow Pope Francis was already stirring things up with participants in WYD by hosting an off-the-cuff Q and A and telling them to ‘make chaos’ by spreading the joy of their faith.

Francis to Polish leaders: Remember the past, but look to the future

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:40 am .- After landing in Krakow on Wednesday, Pope Francis told Polish leaders to take a look at their history and use it as an inspiration to take the good and leave the bad behind, including when it comes to modern-day issues such as migration.

The story of Poland's majestic 'underground salt cathedral'

Jul 27, 2016 - 03:49 am .- Located just southeast of Krakow, the Wieliczka salt mine is famous for many things – most notably its underground chapels, made entirely out of rock salt.

Pope Francis goes to Krakow tomorrow – here's what to watch for

Jul 26, 2016 - 11:05 am .- Many special moments are anticipated during Pope Francis' visit to Poland this week for World Youth Day, especially considering his visit to Auschwitz and his meeting with 10 Holocaust survivors.

Pope Francis is ready for World Youth Day – are you?

Jul 20, 2016 - 09:02 am .- Even though World Youth Day doesn't start until next week, thousands of pilgrims from throughout the world are already descending on Krakow ahead of the official event.

Who is 'the Black Madonna' and why is she so important?

Jul 19, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the “Black Madonna,” will be one of Pope Francis' primary stops during his visit to Poland at the end of this month for the global World Youth Day gathering.

How the Pope's visit to Auschwitz will shape World Youth Day

Jun 16, 2016 - 03:46 am .- Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and fellowship among thousands of young people eager to encounter the Pope.

Polish rallies seek stronger protections for unborn children

May 17, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Thousands of Polish pro-lifers have called on parliament to pass a bill that would further restrict abortion in the country.

Polish, Eastern Catholic bishops stand firm on pastoral care for families

Jun 9, 2015 - 06:01 am .- During recent meetings which were held separately, both the Polish bishops and the Eastern Catholic bishops from Europe have discussed the family in view of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and are likely to uphold Catholic pastoral care for families.

Firing of Polish doctor over abortion refusal sparks outcry

Aug 2, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- The removal one of Poland's top doctors as director of Holy Family hospital in Warsaw for refusing to perform an abortion has drawn widespread criticism, with many stating the act violated legal grounds.

Official logo, prayer for WYD Krakow 2016 announced

Jul 3, 2014 - 11:18 am .- In a press conference held earlier today in Krakow, Poland, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz presented the official logo and prayer for the 31st World Youth Day slated to take place there in 2016.

Polish communist's reconciliation with Church hailed as joyous

Jun 19, 2014 - 12:11 am .- The recent funeral Mass said for Wojciech Jaruzelski, who was a Polish military commander and communist politician during the Cold War, has been received as an occasion for rejoicing.

Knights of Columbus host Mass for Polish pilgrims in Rome

Apr 26, 2014 - 05:39 am .- In honor of the canonizations of Bl. John Paul II and John XXIII the Knights donated two fields in Rome where Polish pilgrims can camp, initiating the weekend with a Mass led by their Supreme chaplain.

John Paul II: a man indispensable to the fall of the Soviet Union

Apr 16, 2014 - 04:03 am .- Bl. John Paul II’s key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact can be attributed to his vision of the human being, informed by personalism and the Catholic faith.

Greatest fruit of WYD has been vocations, organizer says

Apr 14, 2014 - 05:46 am .- At a recent gathering discussing preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow, a coordinator for the event emphasized that each year many youths receive the courage to answer their vocational call.

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