“The next World Youth Day in the year
2016 will be in Krakow, in Poland!” the Pope said at the close of Sunday Mass
in Rio July 28.
event is sure to attract millions.
Pope John Paul II was Archbishop of Krakow before his election to the papacy.
The archdiocese has about 1.5 million Catholics and over 1,100 diocesan priests
across 439 parishes, according to the website Catholic Hierarchy.
Stanislaw Dziwisz, the present Archbishop of Krakow, was personal secretary to
John Paul II.
has over 38 million people, about 90 percent of whom are Catholic, the CIA
World Factbook says.
is one of the most Catholic countries in Europe. Though the nation remained
staunchly Catholic under Soviet-imposed atheistic communism, and took special
pride in the papacy of John Paul II, the country has become somewhat more
secularized in the last two decades. Weekly church attendance has dropped below