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The Latest: Pope Says Next World Youth Day in Panama in 2019

The Latest: Pope Says Next World Youth Day in Panama in 2019

Sunday, 31 July 2016 07:07 AM

BRZEGI, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the pope's visit to Poland (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

Pope Francis has announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in Panama in 2019.

Francis made the announcement Sunday as he wrapped up this year's global gathering of young Catholic faithful in Krakow, Poland.

He didn't specify exactly where in Panama the event would be held.

Earlier Sunday, he encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in Krakow to "believe in a new humanity" which refuses to use borders as barriers and spurns hatred among peoples.

10:50 a.m.

Pope Francis has encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in a vast meadow to "believe in a new humanity" which refuses to use borders as barriers and spurns hatred among peoples.

Francis spoke Sunday as he wrapped up a pilgrimage to Poland that included meditation at the Auschwitz death camp and an unscheduled prayer stop for victims of terrorism.

For a second straight day, a huge crowd filled the meadow in the gentle countryside outside Krakow for Francis, whose five-day visit to southern Poland was the Argentine pontiff's first-ever time in Eastern Europe.

In the final homily of the pilgrimage, Francis said God "demands of us real courage, the courage to be more powerful than evil, by loving everyone, even our enemies."

09:30 a.m.

As Pope Francis headed to a large meadow in Poland to celebrate a Mass he made a quick ride by car to bless two buildings run by the Catholic charity Caritas.

One building was built as a day center for the elderly, while the other will be a storehouse for food for the needy and is called "The Bread of Mercy."

On the way out on Sunday morning, Francis nibbled on some dark bread from a big, round loaf offered by women in traditional Polish costumes. He nodded in approval as he chewed away.

09:10 a.m.

A journalist for Italy's state broadcaster, RAI, has died at the age of 58 during an assignment covering the visit by Pope Francis to Poland for World Youth Day, a global gathering for the Catholic church.

The Italian news agency ANSA said that Anna Maria Jacobini was discovered dead in the bed of her hotel room on Friday and is believed to have died the previous night. It said she had complained to colleagues Thursday night of feeling tired. Her death was not reported immediately because her 94-year-old mother had to be informed first.

Jacobini led a weekly Catholic affairs program on RAI and in the past had covered other papal trips, grueling affairs for reporters, who usually work from before dawn till late into the night.

08:35 a.m.

Young pilgrims have filled a massive meadow near Krakow in southern Poland for a Mass with Pope Francis, the last major event the pope will lead as he wraps up a five-day visit to Poland.

Some of the young people even camped out overnight in the field after an evening with the pope there that drew a massive crowd, estimated at 1.6 million by the World Youth Day organizers.

The Mass is taking place in the Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, a village near Krakow.

The pope has had a busy schedule since he arrived in Poland on Wednesday on his first trip ever to Eastern Europe, visiting Auschwitz, leading Masses and holding many meetings with the eager young people who have traveled from around the world to be with him.

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