WORLD YOUTH DAY IN IMAGES
Millions of youth and young adults from around the world, including hundreds from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, started arriving in Krakow, Poland since last weekend, to participate in the largest gathering of Catholic young people, World Youth Day 2016, in its 31st edition.
An energetic spirit can be felt throughout the city of St. John Paul II, where millions have paved its streets, many of which have been closed for the event. They have visited important pilgrimage sites, such as the Jasna Gora monastery in Częstochowa, the Nazi extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, and Wieliczka Salt Mine. Thousands attended the opening Mass and ceremony on July 26 at historic St. Mary’s Basilica, and have attended daily Masses in local historic parishes, in some cases celebrated by their respective diocesan priests, who are accompanying the youth in their journey.
The energy and expectancy keeps building up as Pope Francis arrived in the city the morning of Wednesday, July 27. Included in his tight schedule is a Vigil Mass with the youth he will be leading on the evening of Saturday, July 30, and a closing Mass on Sunday, July 31, where millions are expected to attend.
More than 40,000 Americans registered to the event, the largest delegation of U.S. pilgrims participating in a WYD outside of North America. Most of the participants are youth ministry leaders, ages 18-30.
Above is a photo gallery chronicling the activities of pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in Poland for WYD 2016. The gallery will be updated daily through the end of WYD on July 31.
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For more information, please visit http://www.krakow2016.com/en/