Report: Vatican OKs security level for papal Mass in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Organizers of Pope Francis’ meeting with world youths say the Vatican is satisfied with the level of security for an outdoor Mass that the pope will celebrate July 31 in southern Poland.

The Mass in a vast meadow in Brzegi is the closing event of the World Youth Day celebrations. Some 1.8 million people are expected to attend and questions have been raised about the level of security there, especially at a time of terror attacks in Western Europe.

National police spokesman Mariusz Ciarka said Friday that all participants should be prepared for detailed checks when entering venues.

Poland’s PAP news agency said a Vatican security official, Domenico Giani, visited Brzegi on Thursday and checked on the preparations.