Pinoys to attend WYD in Krakow despite report on safety issues
Filipinos who will attend the World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland, in July are unfazed with the report regarding "high risk for life and health of people" in the venue.
"I trust and believe the WYD organizers are led by the Holy Spirit," said Sky Ortigas in an article on the CBCP News website. "I trust that they are doing their best with the planning."
A report by the Associated Press on April 5 citing TVN 24 television said Poland's Government Centre for Security had assessed the still undisclosed WYD Mass site and found it lacking proper access and evacuation routes.
It also said a major power line running nearby and leaking dikes along the Vistula River pose safety threats as it could turn into a swamp when it rains.
The AP report also said organizers have not mustered sufficient medical support as of yet.
But according to Ortigas, who had attended previous WYDs in Spain and Brazil, such reports on security concerns are not unusual months before the event.
Analyn Perucho, a first-time WYD delegate, meanwhile, has expressed concerns over Pope Francis’ safety, but believed Poland will take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of everyone in the event.
She noted that Poland had three years to prepare for the event, which will be held on July 25 to 31, 2016 and is expected to attract 2 million people from all over the world. —KBK, GMA News