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Pope pays tribute to Holocaust victims in silence, prayer

OSWIECIM, Poland—Sitting with head bowed and eyes closed, Pope Francis paid silent tribute to the victims of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. The pope arrived July 29 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, an area now blanketed by green fields and empty barracks lined by barbed wire fences, remnants […]

The humble speak for God, Pope Francis says at Czestochowa

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland—Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, celebrating the 1050 anniversary of Poland becoming a Christian nation. It was the first major event of the pope’s trip to the country for the 31st World Youth Day. “To […]

Reflections from Krakow from seminarian Rhett Williams

Editor’s note: What follows are impressions and observations from Diocese of Charleston seminarian Rhett Williams from his group’s first day in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016. KRAKOW—Today was the first day that most of the foreign contingents were actually all present in Krakow. It was also our day to do a walking tour of […]

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. “We come from every nation under heaven, like those who came in great numbers to Jerusalem on Pentecost Day, but there are incomparably more of us […]

Travelers feel impact of God’s mercy even in atrocity

POLAND—The Diocese of Charleston, with a group totaling at least 50 pilgrims, merged with hundreds of thousands of other youth and adults who made the journey to Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day 2016. Most of the travelers arrived at least a few days early to tour the historical sites of the host country, absorb […]

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World Youth Day 2016

World Youth Day runs from July 26-31 in Krakow, Poland. The Catholic Miscellany will provide coverage of our diocesan pilgrims here and on our Facebook page. Check back here throughout the week for updates and new photos.   Stories World Youth Day inspires participants to ‘leave a mark’ Aug. 11, 2016 Don’t tuck life away, […]

Police raise security threat level in Krakow but say there is 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. However, a police spokesman said the category of “alpha,” or high, was not linked to any “concrete threat,” adding that security arrangements were proceeding smoothly for the expected arrival […]

Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

VATICAN CITY—The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of “absurd violence” added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman. Pope Francis was informed about the hostage situation at the church […]

Archbishop Gregory to chair USCCB task force on race

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta has been appointed as chair of a new task force of the U.S. bishops to deal with racial issues that were brought into public consciousness following a series of summertime shootings that left both citizens and police officers among the dead. The task force’s charge includes helping bishops directly […]

CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters: People watch on large screens as Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Philadelphia Sept. 26. World Youth Day organizers say the changing demographics of the church in the United States will be reflected in the pilgrims to World Youth Day in Krakow.
U.S. pilgrims to World Youth Day reflect new Church demographics

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.—As the Church in the U.S. has shown an increasing presence of Spanish-speaking Catholics, so will the tens of thousands of young people traveling to the 2016 edition of World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. “There are more groups com­ing from heavily Hispanic/ Latino dioceses, and in a particular way from apostolic […]

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