Poland and US organizers working to ensure safety of World Youth Day pilgrims

World Youth Day organizers in the United States and Poland remain in touch with diplomatic and security officials in their respective countries to ensure that pilgrims will remain safe during the festival of faith in late July.

Security is expected to be extremely tight in Krakow, Poland, the WYD host city, as authorities in both countries work to prevent any incident that would threaten visitors, said Paul Jarzembowski, World Youth Day USA co-ordinator and assistant director of youth and young adult ministries for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He told Catholic News Service that current information indicates no threat to the celebration, scheduled for July 26-31. “The pilgrims’ families can be assured that we’re in regular communication with the State Department, the organisers in Krakow and the Polish Embassy in the United States,” Jarzembowski said.

“Pilgrims can rest assured if they are vigilant and aware and up to date on the security situation, that the US and, most especially Poland, are doing everything they can to assure their safety,” he added.

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