As he is such a popular saint in Poland, canonized on 27 April 2014, Cardinal Dziwisz said that the news of hosting another World Youth Day in Poland has been met with "enthusiasm", and all Catholic dioceses in Poland will be supporting the event.Special activities will relate to the former Pope's devotion to the Merciful Jesus (Divine Mercy devotion) based on Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska apparitions and message.The Cross will stay in every diocese for 20 days and ends its pilgrimage in Krakow.World Youth Day 2016 concluded on 31 July, as planned.It is estimated that 3 million pilgrims celebrated the event.More than 70 priests took part in a meeting on 10 September 2013 dedicated to the spiritual aspects of the preparations to WYD Krakow 2016.
The Polish group will consist of 100 representatives of all the dioceses (approximately two persons per diocese).
The following day the Cross starts its peregrination in the Archdiocese of Poznan.
Pope Francis announced at the end of the closing Mass of the previous World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro that Kraków, Poland will be the venue for World Youth Day 2016.
According to Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kraków, World Youth Day 2016 was to be particularly significant as a tribute to Pope John Paul II, founder of the World Youth Day, as Kraków was his home.
World Youth Day 2016 (WYD 2016) was an international Catholic event focused on faith and youth, that took place from 26 to 31 July 2016 in Kraków, Poland, organised by the Catholic Church.
It was the third World Youth Day held in Central Europe.