Pope Francis to Visit Auschwitz Survivors on Trip to Poland

Pontiff will meet hospitalized children and Holocaust survivors when he visits Poland in July, and is planning an out-of-schedule surprise, officials say.

Pope Francis speaks during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square, Vatican, June 8, 2016.
Pope Francis speaks during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square, Vatican, June 8, 2016.Credit: Tiziana Fabi, AFP

AP - Pope Francis will meet hospitalized children and survivors of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz when he visits Poland next month — and is planning an out-of-schedule surprise, officials said on Thursday.

Francis will be in Poland July 27-31 for the World Youth Day meeting with hundreds of thousands of young people in southern Poland.

Francis' schedule includes a visit to the Auschwitz memorial on July 29, where he will meet with a few survivors and then speak at the memorial to the victims.

Francis will hold a private prayer at the death cell of a Catholic friar who offered to die for another inmate. Later that day he will visit a children's hospital in Krakow.

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Celestino Migliore also says Francis is planning a surprise.

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