The archipresbyter’s Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, (the MariackiChurch) is one of the largest and most important churches in Krakow after the Wawel Cathedral and has been a basilica since 1963. It is one of the most well-known buildings in Kraków and Poland situated in the north east corner of the Main Square. Read more...

World Youth Day will take place in Poland from 20- 31 July in which young people from the whole world meet to share their faith, exchange experiences and pray together with Pope Francis. This year’s theme is Mercy.

What is taking place in St. Mary’s Basilica during World Youth Day?
• July 18-24 – Mercy Festival in St. Mary’s Basilica and the Main Square
• July 25-30- Power of the Sacraments – international Prayers in St. Mary’s Basilica

Mercy Festival

St. Mary’s Basilica is the co-organiser of the Mercy Festival which will take place on a large stage in the Main Square between 18-24 July just before the main events of the World Youth Day in Krakow.
The festival will incorporate retreats, concerts and evangelization. The best will be given to those thousands of young people from around the world who will arrive in the city:
. the living word delivered by charismatic preachers: Bishop Grzegorz Rys, Father Adam Szustak OP, Father Tomasz Nowak OP
. the joyous music of Polish Christianity: artists from the biggest Polish worship concert – Jednego Serca Jednego Ducha in Rzeszów, New Life’m, niemaGOtu, Exodus15, Owca

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The Organisers and Partners: 

St. Mary’s Basilica

The International Center of Evangelization directed by Bishop Gzegorz Rys

Jednego Serca Jednego Ducha 

The Krakow Festival Bureau



Support Us
The organization of the Mercy Festival has only been possible with the support of sponsors and donors. 

Please, support us:
The Parish of St. Mary’s, Krakow
IBAN: PL70124014311111000010455360; Bank Pekao S. A, kod BIC: PKOPPLPW
Title : Donation for WYD

Power of the Sacraments - Prayers during WYD 

St. Mary’s Basilica will be the place for quiet contemplation, confession and prayer in various languages from 25- 30th July.
Mass in Polish and English will be celebrated all mornings (until 11 a.m.) and in the evening at 6.30 p.m.
Adoration groups from five continents will pray in front of the Wit Stwosz altar for almost 12 hours from 11.30 a.m. to midnight and will be joined by Youth 2000 and Youth Arise International.
Confession will be available in many languages throughout the day.

Hejnał z Wieży Mariackiej