Saturday 1 October 2016

Security high as young Catholics await pope in Poland

Published 26/07/2016 | 15:21

Pope Francis is due to greet thousands of young Cathholics at World Youth Day
Pope Francis is due to greet thousands of young Cathholics at World Youth Day
Young women from France are among the thousands of young people from around the world walking in a thunderstorm to the site of a Catholic Mass in Krakow, Poland, that will officially open the World Youth Day (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Buses of Polish security forces are moving into Krakow as thousands of young people gather ahead of the arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day.

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The event is a major gathering of Catholics from around the world.

Those gathered expressed shock at the killing in France of an 86-year-old priest whose throat was cut by two hostage-takers in a church.

Archbishop Georges Pontier, president of the French bishops conference, said in Krakow that the attack "shocked us, it touched us, and revolted us."

He also called on Christians not to be discouraged by such inhumane acts.

After a string of attacks in Europe, Polish officials are trying to give reassurances that the nation's security forces are prepared for the massive event, which the pope will attend from Wednesday to Sunday.

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