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On this Totus2us podcast, young people talk about their experiences at a WYD / JMJ. Plus there's JPII's Letter to his 'dear young people' and the annual WYD / JMJ messages from our Holy Father. In 1978 the new Pope John Paul II said to the young people in St Peter's square: "You are the hope of the Church and of the world. You are my hope." St John Paul II repeated these words many times, both at the gatherings of young people on his pilgrim journeys and in particular at World Youth Days, which had their beginnings in 1984 when JPII held an International Youth Meeting in St Peter's Square on Palm Sunday, and a week later on Easter Sunday entrusted young people with the Cross. This simple wooden Cross has been carried round the world by young people since. 1985 was declared an "International Year for Youth" by the UN; John Paul II wrote his Apostolic Letter Dilecti Amici to the youth of the world and in December announced the institution of World Youth Day. WYD / JMJ / GMG has been celebrated internationally in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Compostela, Czestochowa, Denver, Manila, Paris, Rome, and Toronto with JPII, in Cologne, Sydney and Madrid with Papa Benedict XVI and in Rio de Janeiro and Cracow with Pope Francis. For much more, visit Totus2us.com - dedicated to Our Lady, it is inspired by our holy fathers St JPII, BXVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Mary; Our Lady is also everything to us - Totus2us.

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WYD / JMJ 1993 - World Youth Day Denver - Pope St John Paul II's homily on Solemnity of the Assumption - Totus Tuus, Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 1993 Denver. Pope St John Paul II: "It is above all the family that is under attack. And the sacred character of human life denied. Naturally, the weakest members of society are the most at risk: the unborn, children, the sick, the handicapped, the old, the poor and unemployed, the immigrant and refugee, the South of the world! Young pilgrims, Christ needs you to enlighten the world and to show it the "path to life" (Ps 16, 11). The challenge is to make the Church’s "yes" to Life concrete and effective. The struggle will be long, and it needs each one of you. Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your fortitude at the service of life! Do not be afraid. The outcome of the battle for Life is already decided, even though the struggle goes on against great odds and with much suffering. This certainty is what the Second Reading declares: "Christ is now raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. ...s...

33 MIN2018 AUG 15
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WYD / JMJ 1993 - World Youth Day Denver - Pope St John Paul II's homily on Solemnity of the Assumption - Totus Tuus, Totus2us

WYD / GMG 2000 Rome - Peter and Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

World Youth Day / GMG 2000 Rome. Peter, from England: "You kind of got the history of the whole place, what it was to be a Catholic, all the buildings, the Pope, the physical image of being a Catholic was an amazing bit and then the line of succession of the Popes and the Shrine of Turin. It was a huge experience just to like ‘right, I’m a Catholic. I am part of something, even though I’m just young.’ And there we were, it was amazing, however millions and John Paul II … WYD Rome was an incredible event, I loved it!" St John Paul II (in Italian): "It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus ...

4 MIN2018 AUG 5
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WYD / GMG 2000 Rome - Peter and Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI's homily at final Mass - Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 2008 Sydney. Pope Benedict XVI: "Dear young people, let me now ask you a question. What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations, building something that will endure? Are you living your lives in a way that opens up space for the Spirit in the midst of a world that wants to forget God, or even rejects him in the name of a falsely-conceived freedom? How are you using the gifts you have been given, the “power” which the Holy Spirit is even now prepared to release within you? What legacy will you leave to young people yet to come? What difference will you make? The power of the Holy Spirit does not only enlighten and console us. It also points us to the future, to the coming of God’s Kingdom. What a magnificent vision of a humanity redeemed and renewed we see in the new age promised by today’s Gospel! St Luke tells us that Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of all God’s promises, the Messiah who fully possesses the Ho...

22 MIN2018 JUL 20
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WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI's homily at final Mass - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI at Prayer Vigil - Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 2008 Sydney. Pope Benedict XVI: "Unity is of the essence of the Church; it is a gift we must recognize and cherish. Tonight, let us pray for the resolve to nurture unity: contribute to it! Resist any temptation to walk away! For it is precisely the comprehensiveness, the vast vision, of our faith – solid yet open, consistent yet dynamic, true yet constantly growing in insight – that we can offer our world. Dear young people, is it not because of your faith that friends in difficulty or seeking meaning in their lives have turned to you? Be watchful! Listen! Through the dissonance and division of our world, can you hear the concordant voice of humanity? From the forlorn child in a Darfur camp, or a troubled teenager, or an anxious parent in any suburb, or perhaps even now from the depth of your own heart, there emerges the same human cry for recognition, for belonging, for unity. Who satisfies that essential human yearning to be one, to be immersed in communion...

23 MIN2018 JUL 19
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WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI at Prayer Vigil - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI at welcome celebration - Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 2008 Sydney. Pope Benedict XVI: "Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf Gen 1, 28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth. Christ offers more! Indeed he offers everything! Only he who is the Truth can be the Way and hence also the Life. Thus the “way” which the Apostles brought to the ends of the earth is life in Christ. This is the life of the Church. And the entrance t...

22 MIN2018 JUL 17
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WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI at welcome celebration - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2018 - Message for 33rd World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace close to God - Totus2us

WYD / Jornada Mundial da Juventude 2018. Papa Francisco: "“Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith?” (Mk 4, 40). This reproach by Jesus to his disciples allows us to understand how the obstacle to faith is often not incredulity, but fear. Thus, the effort of discernment, once the fears are identified, should help us to overcome them by opening us to life and by facing with serenity the challenges presented to us. For Christians, concretely, fear should never have the last word, but it gives us the occasion to realize an act of faith in God… and also in life! This means believing in the fundamental goodness of the existence that God has given us, trusting that He leads us to a good ending even if through circumstances and vicissitudes that are often mysterious to us. If on the contrary we feed the fear, we will tend to close in on ourselves, to raise a barricade to defend ourselves against everything and everyone, remaining paralyzed. We must react! Never close in on ou...

24 MIN2018 MAR 25
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WYD / JMJ 2018 - Message for 33rd World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace close to God - Totus2us

WYD / SDM 2016 Cracow - Message for 31st World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy - Totus2us

WYD / Jornada Mundial da Juventude 2016. Papa Francisco: "God's mercy is very concrete and we are all called to experience it at firsthand. At the age of seventeen, one day when I had to go out with friends, I decided to pass by a church first. There I encountered a priest who inspired in me a special trust, in such a way that I felt the desire to open my heart in Confession. That encounter changed my life! I discovered that when we open our hearts with humility and transparency, we can in a very concrete way contemplate God's mercy. I had the certainty that in the person of that priest God was waiting for me, before I had taken the first step to go into that church. We seek him, but it is He who always goes before us, for he has always been seeking us, and is the first to encounter us. Perhaps some of you have a weight on your heart and are thinking: I have done this, I have done that.... Do not be afraid! He is waiting for you! He is the father: he is always awaiting us! How beaut...

28 MIN2015 DEC 8
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WYD / SDM 2016 Cracow - Message for 31st World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2008 Sydney - Angela and Pope Benedict XVI - Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 2008 Sydney. Angela, from Colombia: "At WYD Sydney everything was full of joy, all people in the street singing praises to the Lord, we welcomed the Pope. In every moment we were enjoying every part of it. I know that from that journey something changed in me. I came back home with a consciousness of what the Church is about and I am part of it.And with a fire in my heart that wanted to share this with more people." Pope Benedict XVI: "Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf Gen 1, 28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consu...

5 MIN2015 JUL 20
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WYD / JMJ 2008 Sydney - Angela and Pope Benedict XVI - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2015 - Message for 30th World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God - Palm Sunday - Totus2us

WYD / Jornada Mundial da Juventude 2015. Papa Francisco: "The most precious good that we can have in life is our relationship with God. Are you convinced of this? Are you aware of the inestimable value that you have in the eyes of God? Do you know that He appreciates you and loves you unconditionally? When this perception disappears, the human being becomes an incomprehensible enigma, because it is precisely the knowledge of being loved unconditionally by God which gives meaning to our lives. Remember Jesus' conversation with the rich young man (cf Mk 10, 17-22)? The evangelist Mark says that Jesus gazed upon him with affection, and then invited him to follow him so as to find the true treasure. Dear young people, I wish that this gaze of Christ, full of love, accompanies you throughout your whole life. Youth is a period in which emerges the great affective wealth in your hearts, the profound desire for a love that is true, beautiful and great. How much energy is in this capacity to...

24 MIN2015 MAR 29
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WYD / JMJ 2015 - Message for 30th World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God - Palm Sunday - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2011 Madrid - Laura, Carlene and Pope Benedict XVI -on 30th World Youth Day - Totus2us

World Youth Day / Jornadas Mundiales de la Juventud 2011 Madrid. Laura, from London: "From Santiago we went on to Madrid to see El Papa, Benedict XVI and that was an amazing experience too. We went to the aerodrome, there were 2 million other Catholics there too, there were papal flags waving and national flags from countries from all over the world. It was very hot to begin with but it was just such a rich experience to be there in solidarity with so many other young people. Even during the day time when we were exploring around Madrid and you had a little freebie pass to get a lunch on the Pope's behalf, so queuing up for that you get to really like talk to the other pilgrims. It's such an amazing atmosphere. The transport system is alive young people with flags and different musical instruments, and singing and dancing (particularly the Brazilians, they're particularly good at dancing). So it was just such a joyful, wonderful experience. And then we had the Holy Hour in the aerod...

5 MIN2015 MAR 29
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WYD / JMJ 2011 Madrid - Laura, Carlene and Pope Benedict XVI -on 30th World Youth Day - Totus2us

Latest Episodes

WYD / JMJ 1993 - World Youth Day Denver - Pope St John Paul II's homily on Solemnity of the Assumption - Totus Tuus, Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 1993 Denver. Pope St John Paul II: "It is above all the family that is under attack. And the sacred character of human life denied. Naturally, the weakest members of society are the most at risk: the unborn, children, the sick, the handicapped, the old, the poor and unemployed, the immigrant and refugee, the South of the world! Young pilgrims, Christ needs you to enlighten the world and to show it the "path to life" (Ps 16, 11). The challenge is to make the Church’s "yes" to Life concrete and effective. The struggle will be long, and it needs each one of you. Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your fortitude at the service of life! Do not be afraid. The outcome of the battle for Life is already decided, even though the struggle goes on against great odds and with much suffering. This certainty is what the Second Reading declares: "Christ is now raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. ...s...

33 MIN2018 AUG 15
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WYD / JMJ 1993 - World Youth Day Denver - Pope St John Paul II's homily on Solemnity of the Assumption - Totus Tuus, Totus2us

WYD / GMG 2000 Rome - Peter and Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

World Youth Day / GMG 2000 Rome. Peter, from England: "You kind of got the history of the whole place, what it was to be a Catholic, all the buildings, the Pope, the physical image of being a Catholic was an amazing bit and then the line of succession of the Popes and the Shrine of Turin. It was a huge experience just to like ‘right, I’m a Catholic. I am part of something, even though I’m just young.’ And there we were, it was amazing, however millions and John Paul II … WYD Rome was an incredible event, I loved it!" St John Paul II (in Italian): "It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus ...

4 MIN2018 AUG 5
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WYD / GMG 2000 Rome - Peter and Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI's homily at final Mass - Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 2008 Sydney. Pope Benedict XVI: "Dear young people, let me now ask you a question. What will you leave to the next generation? Are you building your lives on firm foundations, building something that will endure? Are you living your lives in a way that opens up space for the Spirit in the midst of a world that wants to forget God, or even rejects him in the name of a falsely-conceived freedom? How are you using the gifts you have been given, the “power” which the Holy Spirit is even now prepared to release within you? What legacy will you leave to young people yet to come? What difference will you make? The power of the Holy Spirit does not only enlighten and console us. It also points us to the future, to the coming of God’s Kingdom. What a magnificent vision of a humanity redeemed and renewed we see in the new age promised by today’s Gospel! St Luke tells us that Jesus Christ is the fulfilment of all God’s promises, the Messiah who fully possesses the Ho...

22 MIN2018 JUL 20
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WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI's homily at final Mass - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI at Prayer Vigil - Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 2008 Sydney. Pope Benedict XVI: "Unity is of the essence of the Church; it is a gift we must recognize and cherish. Tonight, let us pray for the resolve to nurture unity: contribute to it! Resist any temptation to walk away! For it is precisely the comprehensiveness, the vast vision, of our faith – solid yet open, consistent yet dynamic, true yet constantly growing in insight – that we can offer our world. Dear young people, is it not because of your faith that friends in difficulty or seeking meaning in their lives have turned to you? Be watchful! Listen! Through the dissonance and division of our world, can you hear the concordant voice of humanity? From the forlorn child in a Darfur camp, or a troubled teenager, or an anxious parent in any suburb, or perhaps even now from the depth of your own heart, there emerges the same human cry for recognition, for belonging, for unity. Who satisfies that essential human yearning to be one, to be immersed in communion...

23 MIN2018 JUL 19
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WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI at Prayer Vigil - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI at welcome celebration - Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 2008 Sydney. Pope Benedict XVI: "Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf Gen 1, 28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consumer in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth. Christ offers more! Indeed he offers everything! Only he who is the Truth can be the Way and hence also the Life. Thus the “way” which the Apostles brought to the ends of the earth is life in Christ. This is the life of the Church. And the entrance t...

22 MIN2018 JUL 17
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WYD / JMJ 2008 - World Youth Day Sydney - Pope Benedict XVI at welcome celebration - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2018 - Message for 33rd World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace close to God - Totus2us

WYD / Jornada Mundial da Juventude 2018. Papa Francisco: "“Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith?” (Mk 4, 40). This reproach by Jesus to his disciples allows us to understand how the obstacle to faith is often not incredulity, but fear. Thus, the effort of discernment, once the fears are identified, should help us to overcome them by opening us to life and by facing with serenity the challenges presented to us. For Christians, concretely, fear should never have the last word, but it gives us the occasion to realize an act of faith in God… and also in life! This means believing in the fundamental goodness of the existence that God has given us, trusting that He leads us to a good ending even if through circumstances and vicissitudes that are often mysterious to us. If on the contrary we feed the fear, we will tend to close in on ourselves, to raise a barricade to defend ourselves against everything and everyone, remaining paralyzed. We must react! Never close in on ou...

24 MIN2018 MAR 25
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WYD / JMJ 2018 - Message for 33rd World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace close to God - Totus2us

WYD / SDM 2016 Cracow - Message for 31st World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy - Totus2us

WYD / Jornada Mundial da Juventude 2016. Papa Francisco: "God's mercy is very concrete and we are all called to experience it at firsthand. At the age of seventeen, one day when I had to go out with friends, I decided to pass by a church first. There I encountered a priest who inspired in me a special trust, in such a way that I felt the desire to open my heart in Confession. That encounter changed my life! I discovered that when we open our hearts with humility and transparency, we can in a very concrete way contemplate God's mercy. I had the certainty that in the person of that priest God was waiting for me, before I had taken the first step to go into that church. We seek him, but it is He who always goes before us, for he has always been seeking us, and is the first to encounter us. Perhaps some of you have a weight on your heart and are thinking: I have done this, I have done that.... Do not be afraid! He is waiting for you! He is the father: he is always awaiting us! How beaut...

28 MIN2015 DEC 8
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WYD / SDM 2016 Cracow - Message for 31st World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2008 Sydney - Angela and Pope Benedict XVI - Totus2us

World Youth Day / WYD 2008 Sydney. Angela, from Colombia: "At WYD Sydney everything was full of joy, all people in the street singing praises to the Lord, we welcomed the Pope. In every moment we were enjoying every part of it. I know that from that journey something changed in me. I came back home with a consciousness of what the Church is about and I am part of it.And with a fire in my heart that wanted to share this with more people." Pope Benedict XVI: "Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf Gen 1, 28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those who see you as just another consu...

5 MIN2015 JUL 20
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WYD / JMJ 2008 Sydney - Angela and Pope Benedict XVI - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2015 - Message for 30th World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God - Palm Sunday - Totus2us

WYD / Jornada Mundial da Juventude 2015. Papa Francisco: "The most precious good that we can have in life is our relationship with God. Are you convinced of this? Are you aware of the inestimable value that you have in the eyes of God? Do you know that He appreciates you and loves you unconditionally? When this perception disappears, the human being becomes an incomprehensible enigma, because it is precisely the knowledge of being loved unconditionally by God which gives meaning to our lives. Remember Jesus' conversation with the rich young man (cf Mk 10, 17-22)? The evangelist Mark says that Jesus gazed upon him with affection, and then invited him to follow him so as to find the true treasure. Dear young people, I wish that this gaze of Christ, full of love, accompanies you throughout your whole life. Youth is a period in which emerges the great affective wealth in your hearts, the profound desire for a love that is true, beautiful and great. How much energy is in this capacity to...

24 MIN2015 MAR 29
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WYD / JMJ 2015 - Message for 30th World Youth Day by Pope Francis - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God - Palm Sunday - Totus2us

WYD / JMJ 2011 Madrid - Laura, Carlene and Pope Benedict XVI -on 30th World Youth Day - Totus2us

World Youth Day / Jornadas Mundiales de la Juventud 2011 Madrid. Laura, from London: "From Santiago we went on to Madrid to see El Papa, Benedict XVI and that was an amazing experience too. We went to the aerodrome, there were 2 million other Catholics there too, there were papal flags waving and national flags from countries from all over the world. It was very hot to begin with but it was just such a rich experience to be there in solidarity with so many other young people. Even during the day time when we were exploring around Madrid and you had a little freebie pass to get a lunch on the Pope's behalf, so queuing up for that you get to really like talk to the other pilgrims. It's such an amazing atmosphere. The transport system is alive young people with flags and different musical instruments, and singing and dancing (particularly the Brazilians, they're particularly good at dancing). So it was just such a joyful, wonderful experience. And then we had the Holy Hour in the aerod...

5 MIN2015 MAR 29
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WYD / JMJ 2011 Madrid - Laura, Carlene and Pope Benedict XVI -on 30th World Youth Day - Totus2us
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