The Latest: Organizers say 1.6 million at event with pope

From The Associated Press:

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the pope’s visit to Poland (all times local):

9:54 p.m.

Organizers of World Youth Day, a global Catholic celebration, say that 1.6 million attended an event with Pope Francis in a huge meadow on Saturday evening.

No independent estimates were immediately available.

The event drew a large crowd to a meadow in Brzegi, a village outside of Krakow.

9:36 p.m.

Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to a Franciscan basilica in Krakow, where he offered a prayer for peace and protection against terrorism.

Father Jan Maria Szewek, a Franciscan, said that Francis made the decision to depart from his set schedule on Saturday afternoon to visit the church uring a visit to Poland.

The Polish news agency PAP reported that Francis paid tribute to two Polish priests killed in Peru in 1991 by terrorists from the Shining Path communist organization.

Szewek said Francis said a special prayer for “peace and protection against terrorism.”

PAP said Francis kissed a reliquary with the relics of the two priests, Zbigniew Strzalkowski and Michal Tomaszek. Also present in the church were Tomaszek’s two sisters and father and Strzalkowski’s two brothers.

8:55 p.m.

Pope Francis has called on hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims to not be “couch potatoes” but to take risks as they seek to build a better world.

Using colorful language, the pope spoke of a paralysis that comes from seeking convenience and from “confusing happiness with a sofa.” He warned that such a state would deprive people of freedom and the ability to determine their own fates.

He said: “Dear young people, we didn’t come into this work to ‘vegetate,” to take it easy, to …

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