Echoing the mind of the Holy Father Pope Francis, Polish Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016, said to the priests to make sure that young people are not discriminated or excluded from the great Youth Fest to be taken place in Krakow. He added that the priestly gifts must be used for youngsters in the Year of Mercy.
“We’re well aware how much deprivation, unemployment and neglect there is, and this requires from us all sensitivity and solidarity with the poorest, so they won’t feel left out,” Bishop Damian said. He insisted that every action should adhere to the event’s theme, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
Pope Francis is scheduled to lead a televised Way of the Cross procession from the Krakow’s Divine Mercy Sanctuary during World Youth Day, as well as a prayer vigil focusing on youth issues near the Wieliczka Salt Mine and a Mass in the city’s Blonia Park.