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VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Holy See Press Office has confirmed the itinerary and official schedule of Pope Francis' upcoming apostolic journey to Poland to celebrate the 1050th anniversary of Poland's baptism and the annual World Youth Day which is set to take place in Krakow.
On July 27th, the pope will arrive in the city of Krakow, Poland's second-largest city and also where Pope St. John Paul II served as a priest and eventually was an archbishop. Pope Francis plans on meeting the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and will give two speeches.
The pope's speeches will be directed to the diplomatic corps from the courtyard of the Wawel Castle; another speech is to be given to the nation's bishops at the Wawel Cathedral.
The next day, the pope will go to the shrine of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa to celebrate mass and commemorate the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland. He will then return to Krakow to address youth gathered there for the annual World Youth Day.
The following day, Pope Francis will visit the infamous former Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz and will deliver an address. The pope is then planning on going back to Krakow once again in order to visit a children's hospital and lead the Stations of the Cross.
On July 30th, he will visit the Divine Mercy Shrine located in Krakow, where the image of the Divine Mercy and the relics of St. Faustina Kowalska are located. The pope will hear confessions there and then head to the Shrine of Pope St. John Paul II, where he will offer Mass for all priests, religious, and seminarians. That evening, the pope will lead World Youth Day participants in prayer at the Campus Misericordiae, which is located several miles from Krakow.
The next morning, he will celebrate the closing Mass of World Youth Day at the Campus Misericordiae. Later in the afternoon, he will deliver a last address to young people celebrating World Youth Day and will return to Rome.