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During the WYD the residents and guests could notice outstanding personages associated with Krakow looking down at them from the citylights. The famous people chosen for the promotional campaign “ Krakow. Cradle of Genius” included also the symbolic no. 1 WYD Pilgrim – Pope Francis. At the farewell meeting held in the Metropolitan Curia on Sunday, July 31, Mayor Jacek Majchrowski handed over this artistic portrait to the Holy Father.
Mayor Jacek Majchrowski presented Pope Francis with 25 ceramic pigeons. The figurines symbolizing the universal Christian values, but also Krakow’s Main Market Square are the personal gifts which will be brought by the Pope to Vatican as souvenirs for his co-workers. It was a souvenir selected by Pope Francis himself from the presented options!
On Thursday, 28 th July, the Krakow Mayor Jacek Majchrowski handed over the symbolic key to Krakow’s gates to Pope Francis. Next, the Pope went to the Błonia Meadows for the Papal welcome ceremony. For the first time in history the Pope chose... a city tram as means of transport to take him to an official meeting!