Catholic News Agency reports that Benedictine College student Katherine Bauman was not only able to be present at the World Youth Day festivities, but also to read the first reading at a Mass in front of millions of people and Pope Francis.
Bauman is a sophomore studying theology, education, and classical languages at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, which is one of the colleges that The Cardinal Newman Society recommends as a faithful Catholic college.
“It was amazing to look out and see more than three million people, and to think that this is all due to 12 men who said ‘yes’ to God’s call 2,000 years ago,” said 19-year-old Katherine Bauman…
“It was an incredible experience,” she told CNA. “It expanded my perception of the diversity and the richness of our Church…all the different cultures gathered together.” …
“Having this experience in a Latin American country, with a Latin American Pope, returning here for the first time – it’s so powerful,” she continued. “It showed me that I’m part of something a lot bigger than just me.” …
Bauman came to Brazil with a U.S. group from the Christian Life Movement, an international ecclesial movement started in South America. They arrived a week early to do mission trips in the favelas – or slums – of Sao Paolo, an experience that she described as “overwhelming.”
Read more at Catholic News Agency.
World Youth Day is an international event which brings together youth from all over the world to meet with the Pope for about a week. This year was the 28th World Youth Day and was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with Pope Francis.
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