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Pope in Poland for 'Catholic Woodstock'

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:06

Pope Francis arrives in Krakow for World Youth Day, a five-day international Catholic youth jamboree dampened this year by Tuesday's murder of a Catholic priest in France. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (WORLD YOUTH DAY) STORY: Pope Francis on Wednesday (July 27) arrived in Krakow, Poland where he will preside over the World Youth Day, an international Catholic youth jamboree, a usually joyous event that has been dampened by the murder of a Catholic priest in France. The pope attended a brief welcoming ceremony and waved at well-wishers after deboarding the papal plane. News that suspected Islamist militants interrupted a church service in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen and forced 85-year-old parish priest Father Jacques Hamel to his knees and slit his throat, sent a sudden deep chill over the World Youth Day event. Francis was horrified by the killing, the Vatican said, calling it particularly "barbarous" because it happened during the central rite of Christian worship. Some events at the gathering of Catholic youth from the around the world, which has been dubbed the "Catholic Woodstock," are expected to draw more than a million people and Polish authorities have laid on tight security. Early in the trip, Francis is expected to pay tribute to the murdered priest, who some have said should be declared a martyr because of the way he was killed for his faith. Francis' five-day trip to the Krakow area of southern Poland will take place in the shadow of former pope John Paul II, who has cult-like status in Poland for his role in inspiring the nation to stand up to communist rule.

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Pope in Poland for 'Catholic Woodstock'

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 01:06