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Pope visits Krakow convent ahead of Mass at Polish shrine

  • Pope Francis talks from the Archbishops' Palace in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Francis came on a five-day visit to Poland to join hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Pope Francis talks from the Archbishops' Palace in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Francis came on a five-day visit to Poland to join hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis waves from the Archbishops' Palace in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Francis came on a five-day visit to Poland to join hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Pope Francis waves from the Archbishops' Palace in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Francis came on a five-day visit to Poland to join hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World Youth Day. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis prays in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  Pope Francis has prayed by the relics of the late pope from Poland, St. John Paul II, at the and has met with Poland's bishops who vowed to "listen carefully" to his teaching. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool Photo via AP)

    Pope Francis prays in the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Pope Francis has prayed by the relics of the late pope from Poland, St. John Paul II, at the and has met with Poland's bishops who vowed to "listen carefully" to his teaching. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis has held a private meeting with an order of nuns at a convent in Krakow ahead of a visit to Poland's holiest shrine on the second day of visit to the country.

Francis is making his first visit ever to Eastern Europe with a five-day trip to Poland for World Youth Day, a global gathering of young Catholics. He finds himself in a deeply Catholic country attached to the memory of the late Polish pope, St. John Paul II, but one so far not receptive to his call to welcome refugees fleeing war and conflict.

The pope met early with the Sisters of the Presentation, which do work at the Vatican. Later he will visit the Jasna Gora shrine in Czestochowa, Catholic Poland's holiest site.