World Youth Day USA Guides International Pilgrimage Leaders Guide - Page 35

Wojtyła celebrated his first Mass in Saint Saint Maxilimilan Kolbe also lived for a short Leonard’s Crypt in 1946, was consecrated as a time), and, as Archbishop of Krakow, first bishop in 1958, and served as Archbishop of learned of the life of Pier Giorgio Frassati at the Krakow from 1964 to 1978. Dominican Church and, there, declared him “the man of the beatitudes.” He would later In the center of town, in Kraków’s Main beatify Frassati in 1990 and name him a patron Market Square, can be found the towering for young adults and World Youth Day. Kościół Mariacki, the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, with its grand South of Old Town, in the Łagiewniki district, asymmetrical bell towers flanking the entrance of Kraków, pilgrims will find the Sanctuary of and interior blue ceiling lifting one’s thoughts Divine Mercy, a large modern basilica built upward to Heaven and forward to the high between 1999 and 2002 on the grounds of the altar. In this sacred place and around the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy square, one can imagine the kings, queens, and where Sr. Faustina Kowalska, OLM, is also princes of Poland through the ages – including buried. Here visitors can learn of the rich the benevolent King Casimir III the Great, tradition of pilgrimage in Poland – beginning Saint Jadwiga (Hedwig) the Queen, and Saint with the devotion to Our Lady of Czestochowa Casimir the Crown Price, whose royal mercy in the Middle Ages and continuing to this day and compassion earned them the devotion of in the Łagiewniki area. Also nearby is a new the Polish people. pilgrimage site, the new Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II and the accompanying “Be Not Afraid” Between the Main Market Square and Wawel Center, completed in 2015 to commemorate Hill can be found Franciszkańska Street, a the life and legacy of Kraków’s native son. sacred avenue where the fifteenth-century Archbishop’s Palace, the neo-Gothic Basilica of These are just a few of the sites around Kraków St. Francis of Assisi, and the Dominican that speak of its rich history and holiness. Church of the Holy Trinity can all be found. Explaining to pilgrims the greater context for These three places, so near to each other, offer these sacred places (and many others they will a glimpse into the life and ministry of Karol visit in Poland) can enrich their travels within Wojtyła. He studied for the priesthood in secret the city of Kraków. In addition, the Jewish during World War II at the Palace, escaped for history of this part of Poland is significant and quiet prayer in the Franciscan Basilica (where would be important to share with the pilgrims 33