Security queries raised over Kraków's World Youth Days
PR dla Zagranicy
The organizing committee of the World Youth Days in Kraków in July 2016 has said that it remains in close cooperation with all services responsible for ensuring security to the participants in the event at both national and international levels.
Kraków's Main Market Square. Photo: Wikicommons/Dieter
The committee’s statement is in response to numerous queries addressed to the organizers of the World Youth Days in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The statement says that on-site inspections have been carried out over the past few months of the main venues of the event by representatives of the Government Protection Bureau, the Internal Security Agency and the Defence Ministry.
The World Youth Days with Pope Francis is a religious event of a global character. Up to 2.5 million pilgrims are expected to attend the celebrations between the 26 and 31 of July. These include a night visit with the Pope and a holy mass celebrated by the pontiff.
Some 2,000 groups of pilgrims from 138 countries, a total of almost 450, 000 people, have already confirmed their participation.
In a related story, Bishop Henryk Tomasik of Radom has said in a radio interview that while in Poland for the World Youth Days, the Pope will also visit the Black Madonna shrine of Częstochowa. The Polish Episcopate, he said, is expecting an official communiqué from the Vatican on the matter. (mk/nh)