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Young people from Portugal at a concert in Warsaw for WYD 2016 pilgrims (AP)

After hearing the testimonies of friends who went to Rio in 2013, I was adamant that I would make the somewhat shorter journey to Krakow

Christ the Redeemer statue  in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

Christ the Redeemer statue shown in an Italian football shirt in advert on Rai

Pope Francis with Rio police: the battke against drugs is a huge burden on authorities (AP Photo)

No Catholic should contradict the Pope, but drug legalisation would save lives

World Youth Day volunteers put up a poster in a building in Rio (CNS)

Organisers want to ensure disabled pilgrims are not ‘mere spectators’