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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Shrine of Czestochowa, July 28, 2016.

The humble speak for God, Pope says at Czestochowa

Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of... Read more

French bicyclists at St Mary's Cathedral in Krakow's Market Square.

French pilgrims pedal their way to World Youth Day

Pilgrims from across the globe travel to World Youth Day by plane, train and automobile. But not Victor Jacquemont, Antoine... Read more

Al and Yousef Astfan are brothers from Syria who reunited in Krakow at World Youth Day after three years.

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

Among the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims at World Youth Day are two brothers, recently reunited.  Read more

Pope Francis speaks to World Youth Day participants from the balcony of the bishop's palace in Krakow, July 27, 2016.

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

On his first night in Krakow Pope Francis was already stirring things up with participants in WYD by hosting an... Read more

Pope Francis with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the general audience on Aug. 26, 2015.

What Pope Francis told young immigrants in Texas

As thousands of youth gather in Krakow this week for World Youth Day with Pope Francis, hundreds of undocumented immigrants... Read more

Wieliczka Salt Mine chapel, Poland.

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

Located just southeast of Krakow, the Wieliczka salt mine is famous for many things – most notably its underground chapels,... Read more

French bishops declare day of fasting after priest's murder

In response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel by believed Islamic State sympathizers, the French bishops have designated Friday,... Read more

Pope Francis prays before the tombs of his predecessors in the grotto of St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis to pray at John Paul II's tomb with kids who have cancer

Before taking off for WYD in Krakow, Pope Francis will pray at the tomb of St. John Paul II alongside... Read more

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz says the opening Mass for World Youth Day in Krakow's Blonia Park, July 26, 2016.

Let the fire of faith enkindle the world, cardinal tells WYD pilgrims

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz’s welcome to World Youth Day pilgrims on Tuesday had a stirring reminder: it is up to them... Read more

Pope Francis at the Divine Mercy Vigil in St. Peter's Square, April 2, 2016.

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

Many special moments are anticipated during Pope Francis' visit to Poland this week for World Youth Day, especially considering his... Read more

St. John Paul II, circa 1995.

Cardinal Dziwisz talks Krakow, Saint John Paul II

As World Youth Day approaches, the Archbishop of Krakow recently spoke with EWTN Deutschland about the “city of saints” hosting... Read more

Pilgrims arrive to Krakow, Poland on July 23, 2016.

For youth in Krakow, seeing Pope Francis will be 'out of this world'

As thousands of youth are setting foot in Krakow for World Youth Day, many voiced their excitement not only to... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Dec. 16, 2015.

Pope prays for pilgrims en route to Krakow for WYD

Pope Francis has asked for prayers as he, and all the pilgrims attending this year's World Youth Day, prepare to... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 6, 2016.

Pope Francis to meet Holocaust survivors during Auschwitz visit

Though rumors have been floating for some time, the Vatican confirmed that the Pope will meet with 10 Holocaust survivors... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, June 8, 2016.

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

Even though World Youth Day doesn't start until next week, thousands of pilgrims from throughout the world are already descending... Read more

Krakow WYD.

Catechetical youth site aims to share mercy at World Youth Day

Poland has been known as the heart of the Divine Mercy devotion since the 1930s and also boasts the homeland... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal plane, August 14, 2014.

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

Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and... Read more

World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 2013.

Divine Mercy meets World Youth Day this summer in Poland

Krakow’s role in the Divine Mercy devotion could mean great things for World Youth Day this year, said the city’s... Read more

Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

What was JPII's secret to inspiring the youth? His mere presence, secretary says

Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the... Read more

Pope Francis with two World Youth Day volunteers looks over St. Peter's Square July 26, 2015.

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became... Read more