There are just three more sleeps before the Papal welcome at the 31st World Youth Day, and six sleeps until the Final Mass which is a highlight of the week’s program. Pope Francis sent a video message earlier this month to Polish residents and the young people who will gather in Krakow for the event.
Like his predecessors, he will also visit Czestochowa and Auschwitz-Birkenau during his 15th Apostolic visit abroad. An excerpt from his message is below.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I look forward to meeting the young people from throughout the world gathered in Kraków and having the opportunity to meet the beloved Polish nation. My entire visit will be inspired by Mercy during this Jubilee Year, and by the grateful and blessed memory of Saint John Paul II, who instituted the World Youth Days and was the guide of the Polish people in its recent historic journey towards freedom.
Dear young people of Poland, I know that for some time now you have been preparing, especially with your prayers, for this great encounter in Kraków. I thank you heartily for everything that you have done, and for the love with which you have done it. Even now, I embrace you and I bless you.
Dear young people from throughout Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania! I also bless your countries, your hopes and your journey to Kraków, praying that it will be a pilgrimage of faith and fraternity. May the Lord Jesus grant you the grace to experience personally his words: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7).
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. Let us keep close to one another in prayer.
– Courtesy of Vatican Radio