World Youth Days gathered in Krakow more than a million Catholic youth from around the world. Over 2 million pilgrims attended Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on Sunday. “Catholic Woodstock” has already finished and this was a truly amasing time for Krakow.
World Youth Day was established in 1985 by Polish-born Pope John Paul II, whom Francis declared a saint in 2014, and aims to inspire young people to follow Christian values of peace and love in life. The gatherings are held every two or three years. The first meeting was held in Rome in 1986, attended by John Paul II and some 30,000 participants. The largest World Youth Day gathering was in the Philippines in 1995, when an estimated five million people attended a Mass celebrated by John Paul II.