Pope Francis’ day in Poland has started early in the morning. It is the day of the visit of the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow, at 8.30 a.m. First, however, the Holy Father traveled in his “popemobile” to the Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where is buried St. Faustina Kowalska, canonized in 2000 by Pope John Paul II. There he was greeted joyfully by the sisters. The Holy Father He has prayed in the chapel that houses the remains of the “Saint of Mercy”. At the conclusion of the visit, the Holy Father wrote in the Book of Honor (in Spanish): “Misericordia quiero y no sacrificios” (“I desire mercy and not sacrifice). Outside, over 300 young people have come to greet him.
Then, he traveled to the Church of Lagiewniki, dedicated to the Divine Mercy by Pope Karol Wojtyla in 2002, during his last visit to Poland. The Pope walked through the Gate of Mercy. Then, he confessed five young people, one from each continent, in Italian, French, and Spanish, to signify the importance of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Before entering the sanctuary of the church, the Pope has greeted thousands of young people who were waiting for the dawn from the outer balustrade upstairs. In the outer churchyard, he has greeted five children suffering from serious diseases and their family members, each of which has offered a small gift to the Pope.
At 10:30 a.m., the Holy Father will celebrate Mass for priests, religious and consecrated men, and seminarians in the Shrine of St. John Paul II, one kilometer away from Krakow, built by Cardinal Dziwisz, in Arabic, French, English, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and German. Still there, he will celebrate Mass later on. At the end, he will return to the archbishopric for lunch together with a group of twelve young people, as it happens during every World Youth Days, according to tradition. Two people per each continent and two Poles.
In the afternoon is going to take place the main event of the day, at 7.30 p.m.: the Prayer Vigil with young people at the Campus Misericordiae, 12 km away from the Archbishop, on the following topic: “Jesus, source of mercy”, after walking through the Holy Door with a group of participants at World Youth Day.