Youthful face of mercy can change the world, Pope tells young people

KRAKOW, Poland – The youthful face of God's mercy can change the hearts of people who have lost hope, Pope Francis said.
  • July 28, 2016

Pope recalls courage of WYD graphic artist who died of cancer

KRAKOW, Poland – Pope Francis held up the life of a young man who designed the World Youth Day graphics as a gift to the church.
  • July 28, 2016

Francis faces tough act to follow in Poland

VATICAN CITY – As Pope Francis was getting ready to head to Poland this week, he had this message for the hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims gathering there for World Youth Day.
  • July 28, 2016

Pope Francis meets privately with Poland's bishops

KRAKOW, Poland – Poland's Catholic bishops spent 90 minutes meeting with Pope Francis, but the meeting was private so people could speak freely.
  • July 27, 2016

Cardinal Tagle calls WYD pilgrims to bring love to a divided world

KRAKOW, Poland – Young people can show the world love through actions of caring and service to others in a world where even priests are not safe while celebrating Mass, said the president of Caritas Internationalis.
  • July 27, 2016

Pope urges Poles to value their memories, but be open to change

KRAKOW, Poland – Poland's memory and identity are the two catalysts that will lead the country forward and turn hopeless situations – such as those facing migrants – into opportunities for future generations, Pope Francis said.
  • July 27, 2016

Boston cardinal encourages WYD pilgrims to embrace mercy every day

KRAKOW, Poland – Jesus did not stop talking about mercy even though he was nearly thrown from a cliff after his first public talk in a Nazareth synagogue, and the rest of his life can serve as an example for…
  • July 27, 2016

Pope Francis sends video message to young Catholics in Texas

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is urging young people to have courage and enjoy life to the full, in a personal video message he sent to a Texas diocese before leaving for World Youth Day in Poland.
  • July 27, 2016

Spread message of divine mercy, Krakow cardinal says at WYD opening

KRAKOW, Poland – St. John Paul II's former secretary urged young Catholics to share their faith, experiences and hopes and spread a "message of divine mercy" worldwide during World Youth Day.
  • July 26, 2016

Police raise security threat level in Krakow but say no concrete danger

KRAKOW, Poland – Polish police have raised the official security threat level at World Youth Day in Krakow, after an Iraqi man was arrested with traces of explosives.
  • July 26, 2016
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    July 26, 2016: The shrine of the Black Madonna was opened to World Youth Day pilgrims so that they could venerate the miraculous image up close. (Photo by Jean Ko Din)

    Follow our reporter Jean Ko Din as she photographs her journey to Krakow, Poland for the 2016 World Youth Day.