‘The ever-youthful face of mercy’

Pope Francis challenges millions of pilgrims in Poland to walk with mercy and be active in their faith

  • Saintly relics: Relics of Sts. Faustina Kowalska and John Paul II (above) are carried into the opening Mass on July 26. CNS photo via Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard

  • Absolution: Priests hear confessions (right) at Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland, on July 27. CNS photo by Bob Roller

  • Catechesis: Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Conn., (below) speaks to World Youth Day pilgrims at Sacred Heart Church in Krakow, Poland, on July 28. CNS photo by Bob Roller

  • Fellowship: World Youth Day pilgrims from the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, (at right, above) play cards while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive for a welcoming ceremony July 28 at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland.CNS photo by Bob Roller

  • Warm welcome: Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives at the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony July 28 at Blonia Park, where he told the crowd, “nothing is more beautiful than seeing the enthusiasm, dedication, zeal and energy with which so many young people live their lives.” CNS photo by Bob Roller

  • Remembering victims: Pope Francis (at left, above) stops for a moment of prayer at a memorial to victims at the Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on July 29. CNS photo by Paul Haring

  • Commuter: Pope Francis waves to people lining a street as he rides a tram to reach the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony with young people in Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland, on July 28. CNS photo via Alessia Giuliani, pool

  • Carrying the Cross: The cross (right) is carried in procession during the Way of the Cross at World Youth Day in Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland, on July 29. CNS photo by Paul Haring

  • Saintly relics: Relics of Sts. Faustina Kowalska and John Paul II (above) are carried into the opening Mass on July 26. CNS photo via Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard

  • Merciful greeting: Pope Francis (at right, center) smiles as he gestures to the crowd during a visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki, a suburb of Krakow, Poland, on July 30. CNS photo via L’Osservatore Romano

  • Papal Selfie: Pope Francis poses for a photo with young people (above) attending World Youth Day during a lunch in Krakow, Poland, on July 30. CNS photo via L’Osservatore Romano

  • Hand in hand: Pope Francis walks with pilgrims through the Door of Mercy as he arrives for a prayer vigil as part of World Youth Day at the “Field of Mercy” in Krakow, Poland, on July 30. CNS photo by Paul Haring

  • In Prayer: Pilgrims (left) pray as Pope Francis leads Benediction during a July 30 prayer vigil as part of World Youth Day at the “Field of Mercy” in Krakow, Poland.
    CNS photo by Paul Haring

  • Closing Mass: Pope Francis (right) uses incense as he celebrates the closing Mass of World Youth Day at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow, Poland, on July 31. An estimated 2 1/2 million people attended the Mass. CNS photo by Paul Haring

  • Early Riser: A pilgrim (at right, above) puts on her shoe July 31, hours before the closing Mass. CNS photo by Bob Roller

  • Light of the world: World Youth Day pilgrims (left) hold candles during Eucharistic adoration with Pope Francis at the July 30 prayer vigil at the “Field of Mercy” in Krakow, Poland. CNS photo via Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard

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