Pope Francis Tells Crowds in Poland to Embrace ‘New Humanity’

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Francis addressed the congregants, who had traveled from all over the world, on a large field on the last of his five day visit to southern Poland.

In an acknowledgement to a world dominated by the Internet, Francis urged the crowd to «download the best link of all, that of a heart which sees and transmits goodness without growing weary.»

The pope also told the gathering that the Catholic church’s next World Youth Day will be held in Panama in 2019. He did not indicate where in Panama the event would take place.

His visit to Poland included a stop Saturday night at the Auschwitz death camp and an impromptu prayer stop at a Krakow church for victims of terrorism. Francis condemned the «devastating wave of terrorism» and wars in regions throughout the world.

The events were organized by members of the 2016 World Youth Day, who estimated the final events were attended by 2.5 to three million people. Polish police estimated the crowds at more than 1.5 million.

Some material for this report came from AP, AFP and Reuters