Moved by what they saw at Auschwitz, pilgrims offered a word of thanks to Iraqi Christians who traveled to World Youth Day even in the midst of persecution. They began a campaign to pray for peace, using #WYDvoices4peace.

The seminarians from the archdiocese, who began their day by visiting Auschwitz, were touched by the hope that came from visiting the home of St. John Paul II afterwards.

“We saw the terrible atrocities that happened to humanity at this place, but then we get to kind of rise from the ashes of Auschwitz and come here to the home parish of John Paul II,” said Nicholas Morrison, who is studying at at Saint John Paul II Seminary.

While in Wadowice, the seminarians tried “Pope cake.” The cake was originally called “kremówka,” but its name was changed to reflect the fact that it was a favorite of St. John Paul II.

The seminarians then visited the Shrine of Divine Mercy, which is the location where St. Faustina had her revelations of mercy.

Today the pilgrims will be traveling to Czestochowa and then returning to Kraków for the official opening Mass of World Youth Day in Blonia Park.