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Pilgrims sing and dance in the rain prior to the opening Mass for World Youth Day (CNS)

St John Paul II’s former secretary preached to more than 200,000 pilgrims on Tuesday

Pilgrims gather for Mass at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa (Daisy Powles)

At World Youth Day, young Catholics will use the weapons of prayer and brotherhood to defy terrorists

Pilgrims attend the Opening Mass at World Youth Day in Kraków
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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Young pilgrims walking in a thunderstorm on their way to Mass at WYD 2016 in Krakow (AP)

Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive at World Youth Day on Wednesday

Young people at a concert in Warsaw ahead of the start of WYD 2016 (AP)

A spokesman for prosecutors in Lodz said that ‘small amounts of explosives, not sufficient to make an explosion’ were found on the man

Pope Francis blesses a child  during the previous World Youth Day in Rio (AP)

World Youth Day 2016 is taking place in Krakow this week and the Pope is taking part in a number of events

Vehicles queuing at the Port of Dover in Kent (PA)

The Dominican Youth Movement had a delayed start to the World Youth Day pilgrimage, but should still make it to Krakow ahead of Pope Francis

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

Young people at a concert organised for World Youth Day pilgrims in Warsaw (AP)

World Youth Day celebrations begin in Poland on Wednesday

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus (AP)

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