Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz in July
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Pope Francis to visit Auschwitz in July

Pontiff to deliver speech at Nazi death camp during five-day trip to Poland

Pope Francis flanked by Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni (right), during his visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome, January 17, 2016. (AP/Alessandra Tarantino)
Pope Francis flanked by Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni (right), during his visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome, January 17, 2016. (AP/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope Francis will visit Auschwitz during a trip to Poland, the Vatican announced.

The pope is scheduled to visit the Nazi death camp on July 29 as part of a five-day trip. He will deliver an address at the site.

His immediate two predecessors — Benedict and John Paul II — also visited Auschwitz during their tenures.

On July 31, the last day of his visit to Poland, the pope will celebrate the closing Mass of World Youth Day at the Campus Misericordiae. Later that afternoon he will deliver an address to World Youth Day volunteers.

One million European Jews and more than 100,000 others died at Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945.

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