Vatican City, Jul 24, 2016 / 09:09 am
Pope Francis has asked for prayers as he, and all the pilgrims attending this year's World Youth Day, prepare to make their way to Krakow, Poland for the international event.
The Pope, who leaves Wednesday, said Sunday that he is traveling to Krakow in order "to encounter these boys and girls," as well as "to celebrate with them and for them the Jubilee of Mercy, through the intercession of St. John Paul II."
"I ask you to accompany us with prayer," the pontiff said to the crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square during his weekly Angelus address.
Francis also expressed his gratitude towards all those working to welcome the pilgrims coming to Poland for the international event, along with the many bishops, priests, religious, and laity.