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Filipinos undeterred by World Youth Day safety concerns

Safety issues surfaced during past World Youth Day events, says delegate

Updated: July 20, 2016 04:42 AM GMT
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The Fillipino delegation to the World Youth Day will not drop out from attending the Mass in the Polish city of Krakow with Pope Francis July 31 despite a leaked report about the "high risk for life and health of people."

CBCPNews quoted a TVN 24 television report saying that Government Center for Security assessed the event's Mass site, which has yet to be disclosed, was lacking proper access and evacuation routes and that organizers had not sufficient medical support. 

YouthPinoy president Sky Ortigas was quoted by CBCPNews as dismissing the report, saying that safety issues had also surfaced during past World Youth Day events.

"I trust and believe the WYD organizers are led by the Holy Spirit. I trust that they are doing their best with the planning," he said.

CBCPNews also quoted Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, who coordinates preparations for the event, as saying that "we must do everything to make this site 100 percent safe for the participants and for the pope."

The World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow is scheduled for July 25–31 and expected to attract 2 million young people.

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