Pope heads to festival under shadow of church attack

Pope Francis heads to Poland for an international Catholic youth festival with a mission to encourage openness to migrants made tougher by a fresh jihadist attack in FranceKraków (Poland) (AFP) – Pope Francis heads to Poland on Wednesday for an international Catholic youth festival to preach charity and openness to migrants, a mission made tougher by a jihadist murder of a priest in France. The Argentine pontiff is flying in to meet youngsters from across the world at a week-long faith extravaganza dubbed “the Catholic Woodstock”, but is expected to tackle Poland’s rightwing government over refugee rights before he joins the festivities. The brutal killing of an elderly priest during mass in France on Tuesday, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, cast a shadow over the gathering of the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims gathered in Krakow and increased concerns over security.

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