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Stranded WYD pilgrims finally head to Poland

MANILA, July 17, 2016— There was great sense of relief for Filipino pilgrims to the Word Youth Day in Poland finally able to fly in and out of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday evening.

Around 85 WYD delegates of the Manila archdiocese were stranded after Turkish Airline scheduled to fly via Istanbul last night was cancelled due to the military coup attempt in Turkey.

Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Manila pose for a souvenir group picture at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before departing for Poland to join the World Youth Day celebrations, July 17, 2016. (Photo: Michael Legarse)

Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Manila pose for a souvenir group picture at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport before departing for Poland to join the World Youth Day celebrations, July 17, 2016. (Photo: Michael Legarse)

The stranded passengers were accommodated overnight in hotels near the airport and provided meals.

The pilgrims, composed of groups from Manila, Pasig, Kalookan and Colegio San Agustin, left Manila at 10:30pm in two flights to Istanbul where another flight will bring the first batch them to Warsaw with an eight-hour lay-over.

“We thank everyone who has been praying for us,” said Fr. Jade Licuanan, who heads the team. “Indeed, God is ushering us with his mercy.”

The remaining passengers, he said, will be flown to Vienna, Austria where another flight will bring them finally to Warsaw but only after a 12-hour of lay-over.

Flights to Istanbul’s international airport have resumed on Sunday after being halted for nearly 24 hours by failed coup attempt. (CBCPNews)

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