I wanted to come on this pilgrimage because I believe that there is a transformation to come.
World Youth Day pilgrims from Brooklyn and Queens are back in the diocese, having returned to the responsibilities of school and work, family life and social circles. As they go about their lives, one of the memories they carry with them is of a hot and humid morning during the final day of catechesis when the perfect storm occurred.
The Tablet asks students from around the Diocese of Brooklyn a question for the opinion section of the Youth page. This week: World Youth Day Pilgrims
Photos from all the exciting events over the course of World Youth Day Panama
Queens mother Aurelia Tello says she was excited when she found out that her son, Adalfo, had been given the opportunity to attend World Youth Day.
Pope Francis told an American pilgrim taking part in World Youth Day that clerical sex abuse is a “horrible crime” and that “even if it is just one person, the Church should not tolerate it.”
As Brooklyn and Queens pilgrims arrived at the final and perhaps, most important days of their World Youth Day pilgrimage, they also reached the longest leg of their journey – walking at least seven miles for the evening prayer vigil with Pope Francis.
Speaking to over half a million young people from around the world on Sunday, Pope Francis said Jesus is not “an interval in life nor a passing fad,” but a loving God who’s concrete and close.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
Having just returned from World Youth Day in Panama gives me a chance to tell you about this life-changing event for many young people from around the world. These events are held every two to three years. I, myself, have participated in every World Youth Day since the Year 2000. During these events, one can see that the youth come to a deeper appreciation of their faith, not only encountering the Holy Father but also fellow young Catholics from all over the world.
Amid challenging moments with intense heat and overcrowding, young pilgrims at World Youth Day discovered and reflected on the graces amid the chaos.