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Francis to meet Auschwitz survivors during visit to Poland

Pope Francis poses for a family picture with migrants of the San Francesco association at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Fabio Frustaci)

Pope Francis poses for a family picture with migrants of the San Francesco association at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Fabio Frustaci)  (The Associated Press)

Officials say Pope Francis will meet hospitalized children and survivors of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz he visits Poland next month — and is planning an out-of-schedule surprise.

Francis will be in Poland July 27-31 for the World Youth Day meeting with hundreds of thousands of young people in southern Poland.

Francis' schedule released Thursday includes a visit to the Auschwitz memorial on July 29, where he will meet with a few survivors and then speak at the memorial to the victims. Francis will hold a private prayer at the death cell of a Catholic friar who offered to die for another inmate. Later that day he will visit a children's hospital in Krakow.

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Celestino Migliore also says Francis is planning a surprise.