Polish bishop suggests World Youth Day 2016 should be ‘open to all’

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August 3, 2015

The main square and St. Mary's Basilica are seen in a 2012 nighttime view of Krakow, Poland.  Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, who is overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016, has urged priests to ensure no young people are excluded. (CNS photo/Marcin Mazur) See WYD-OPEN Aug. 3, 2015.

The main square and St. Mary’s Basilica are seen in a 2012 nighttime view of Krakow, Poland. Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, who is overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016, has urged priests to ensure no young people are excluded. (CNS photo/Marcin Mazur)

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — The Polish bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2016 has urged priests to ensure that no young people are excluded because of poverty.

Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland, which is hosting the international celebration, said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this Year of Mercy.”

“We’re well aware how much deprivation, unemployment and neglect there is, and this requires from us all sensitivity and solidarity with the poorest, so they won’t feel left out,” he said July 31, as preparations continued for the event set for July 26-31 in the southern Polish city.

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