Pilgrims walk from Rome to World Youth Day

PHILADELPHIA – It takes just over nine hours to fly from Philadelphia to John Paul II Airport in Krakow, Poland, for travellers who want to attend World Youth Day July 26-31 in that city.
  • July 25, 2016

Pope asks WYD pilgrims to accompany him with prayers during visit

VATICAN CITY – With his visit to World Youth Day only a few days away, Pope Francis asked young pilgrims to accompany his visit to Krakow, Poland, with prayers.
  • July 25, 2016

Catholic tradition stays strong in faithful Poland

All eyes are on Poland as the city of Krakow explodes into celebration for the 2016 International World Youth Day.
  • July 24, 2016

Canadian pilgrims to experience 'Catholic Woodstock' after years of planning

More than two million young people from around the world are expected to descend on the city of Krakow for a week of spiritual formation as the Polish city hosts World Youth Day from July 26-31.
  • July 24, 2016

By listening to youth, Pope hears what makes them tick

VATICAN CITY – When Pope Francis goes to Poland to meet with an expected two million young people from around the world, he's going with a firm idea of the dreams, fears and challenges so many of them face.
  • July 24, 2016

Poland visit will be inspired by mercy, Pope says

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said he looks forward to his upcoming visit to Poland for World Youth Day and that his visit will be inspired by mercy during this Jubilee Year.
  • July 20, 2016

Organizers: World Youth Day in Poland 'will involve long walks'

WARSAW, Poland – Young people attending World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, will have to walk 18 miles to and from one of its key sites, event organizers said.
  • July 4, 2016

Man who survived Holocaust as child prepares WYD participants for Auschwitz

MONTREAL – Leon Celemencki looked at the group of young adults heading to the World Youth Day celebration in Krakow, Poland, in July, asking about their planned side trip to the notorious Nazi concentration camp known as Auschwitz.
  • June 12, 2016

World Youth Day pilgrims reminded the cross brings happiness at farewell Mass

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – Always remember why you are there, Hamilton auxiliary Bishop-emeritus Matthew Ustrzycki told 600 young Polish-Canadians preparing to return to their ancestral homeland for World Youth Day this summer.
  • June 7, 2016

Poland, U.S. working to ensure safety of World Youth Day pilgrims

WASHINGTON - World Youth Day organizers in the United States and Poland remain in touch with diplomatic and security officials in their respective countries to ensure that pilgrims will remain safe during the festival of faith in late July.
  • March 29, 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.