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Security High as Young Catholics Await Pope in Poland

Security High as Young Catholics Await Pope in Poland

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 01:27 PM

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Buses of Polish security forces moved into Krakow on Tuesday as thousands of young people gathered ahead of the arrival of Pope Francis for World Youth Day, a major gathering of Catholics from around the world.

Those gathered expressed shock at the killing in France of an 85-year-old priest whose throat was cut Tuesday by two hostage-takers in a church. Some 37,000 youths from France are taking part in the Krakow gathering.

The spokesman for the French Episcopate, the Rev. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, said in Krakow the killing of the French priest was a "barbarous and heinous act" but that "violence and hate will not get the upper hand" over good.

He warned the faithful against giving in to feelings of anger or revenge and urged Catholics in France to fast on Sunday in homage to the slain priest.

Ribadeau Dumas spoke shortly before a Mass attended by thousands of young people began in rain in Krakow's sprawling Blonia green to officially open this week's gathering that Francis is to join on Wednesday.

Following the attack in France, and previous attacks in Germany, security concerns were raised for the Catholic celebration that runs through Sunday.

The spokesman for Poland's police, Mariusz Ciarka, told The Associated Press that special security measures included border controls, security checks and tens of thousands of police and other security agents on the ground.

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

Speaking from Krakow, he called on Christians not to be discouraged by such inhumane acts.

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