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The faithful greet Pope Francis in Poland (AP)

In Kraków, pilgrims are discovering the hope and mercy that is sorely needed in these dark times

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the St John Paul II Sanctuary (AP)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass for priests and religious at the Sanctuary of St John Paul II in Kraków

Pope Francis walks with nuns as he arrives at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków (AP)

Francis is also visiting the Sanctuary of St John Paul II, near the Lagiewniki shrine

World Youth Day pilgrims wait in the rain for Pope Francis to arrive at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland (CNS)

Are young people from the West ready to fully embrace the dangers and delights of Catholicism?

Pope Francis greets faithful as he drives among hundreds of thousands gathered in front of the Jasna Gora monastery  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Francis marks the 1,050th anniversary of Poland’s baptism with half a million pilgrims

Pope Francis prays during a meeting with bishops in Krakow Cathedral (Photo: AP)

Francis visited and prayed for 89-year-old Cardinal Macharski

Flowers at a makeshift memorial to Fr Hamel in Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy (AP)

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Pope Francis sits next Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops conference, during a meeting with Poland's bishops at the cathedral in Krakow, Poland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope made ‘beautiful’ appeal to bishops to ensure the elderly were not forgotten at World Youth Day

Pope Francis with Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda (AP)

Francis has arrived in Poland at the start of World Youth Day 2016

People kneel at confessionals set up in a park in Kraków (AP)

Amid all the excitement at the start of World Youth Day, there have been opportunities for profound reflection