28 Jul 2016

WYD2016 - Pope Francis at the official welcome ceremony at Blonia Park in Krakow

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis told hundreds of thousands of World Youth Day pilgrims on Thursday to share God’s merciful love by building bridges and by tearing down barriers, walls and barbed wire. Speaking during a welcome ceremony in the giant Blonia Park, close to Krakow’s city centre, the Pope said "mercy has a youthful face" which can move us beyond our comfort zones and make us ready to embrace everyone. A merciful heart, he said, is able to be a place of refuge for the homeless, sharing bread with the hungry and welcoming refugees and migrants.

Vatican Radio report including audio here and here.

Full text of Pope Francis address at the welcoming ceremony here.

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