A meeting between Polish President Andrzej Duda and Pope Francis is planned during World Youth Day in July, Wojciech Kolarski from the President's Office has told PAP.
Wojciech Kolarski pointed out that during his visit to the Vatican last year, President Duda had invited the pope to pay a visit to Poland. "And now he will joyfully welcome Pope Francis to Poland. A meeting between the Holy Father and the president is planned, but of course the president will take part in ceremonies concelebrated by the Holy Father", he said.
Besides being the head of state of the country playing host to millions of young pilgrims, "the president will be a participant in World Youth Day and of course will happily welcome everyone coming to Krakow from all over the world and all over Poland", Wojciech Kolarski also remarked.
"This is a global, completely unique event, an excellent opportunity to promote Poland. It is an event at which Poland can show how professional it is, how efficient organizationally the state is. Poles can show their hospitality", he also told PAP.
The 2016 World Youth Day will take place in Krakow and nearby Wieliczka on July 26-31. Poland is hosting the event for the second time, the first WYD was held in Czestochowa in August 1991. The event attracted 1.5 million pilgrims.
WYD was initiated by the late Pope John Paul II. (PAP)