World Youth Day leaders tell pilgrims to prepare sensibly, spiritually

(CNS) As World Youth Day approaches, U.S. organizers offered tips on how pilgrims can prepare logistically, spiritually and even digitally.

The largest U.S. group to attend a World Youth Day outside of North America, 30,000 American pilgrims plan to attend the July 26-31 festival in Krakow, Poland. They will join 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the U.S. bishops’ episcopal liaison for World Youth Day, said in a July 7 news conference that, despite security concerns in the European Union, “There is no evidence of any credible threat being made.”

Paul Jarzembowski, World Youth Day USA national coordinator, said his office has been working with the Polish Embassy in Washington, along with the U.S. and Polish governments, to ensure pilgrims’ safety. [More]