World Youth Day is an experience of the universality of the Catholic Church.
In other words, you can be walking down the street with a person of a different culture, while at the same time listening to him or her speaking in a different language, but still have a deep sense that, ultimately, we believe, pray and hopefully live the Christian faith in the same way.
In the midst of enormous crowds from all around the world, we all profess the same creed.
This is a profound experience for a young person, who has only been exposed to his or her local diocese or maybe even only his or her own small parish church.
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