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Pope Francis' Polish visit draws 1.6m people

By Frances D'Emilio

Published 01/08/2016

Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with World Youth Day volunteers in Krakow yesterday
Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with World Youth Day volunteers in Krakow yesterday
Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with World Youth Day volunteers in Krakow yesterday

Pope Francis has encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in southern Poland to “believe in a new humanity” that is stronger than evil and refuses to use borders as barriers.

His appeal came during World Youth Day, and the end of his five-day trip to Poland.

The event was Francis’ main focus during his pilgrimage to Poland, which also included meditation at the Auschwitz death camp and a plea to God to keep away a devastating wave of terrorism.

For a second straight day, a huge crowd filled a green field in the gentle countryside outside Krakow for the Pope, whose five-day trip introduced the Argentine to eastern Europe.

Many camped out overnight after an evening of entertainment and prayer, with the Pope drawing crowds of 1.6 million people, according to organisers.

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