World Youth Day 2013 - Quotes

“World Youth Day is something that I will never forget. Not just the few special experiences I have shared in this testimony and the many others that I haven’t, but simply the time spent with so many people who have inspired me.”
Justine Ralph (Notre Dame student, Fremantle Campus)

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“Attending the opening Mass of WYD 2013 on Copacabana Beach, I was blown away by the vibrancy, the joy and the sheer mass of humanity. Never will you see so many different national flags in one place - though, paradoxically, in that same place, an event takes place that renders nationality irrelevant.”
Kiara Pirola (Notre Dame Alumni)

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“The incredible experience of WYD has left us with a deeper appreciation for our faith and love for Our Lord. For some of us, it was a life-changing experience. It has allowed us to feel a deep oneness as members of the Catholic family, united around our Holy Father, and this was a source of great joy for us.”
Fr Lam Vu (Chaplain, Notre Dame Broadway and Darlinghurst)

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“We are pilgrims on this journey of life, and as St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop would remind us, “We are but travellers here.”
Carla Beshara (Notre Dame student, Sydney Campus)

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“This recent experience is my fifth, spanning the period of 13 years, in 13 countries, with four mission trips, five years on mission and a partridge in a pear tree. It is a pilgrimage that started on the 21 August 2011 when, at the final Mass of WYD Madrid, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI announced Rio as the next host. In that moment I promised myself I would go.”
Rian Galliott (Notre Dame student, Sydney Campus)

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"World Youth Day 2013 (WYD13), where to begin?! WYD13 was held this year from July 24-29 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was a wonderful experience. One I will never forget. People always ask me, “What was your highlight?” but for me, it is hard to just choose one."
Jessica Machaalani (Notre Dame student, Sydney Campus)

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"Now having come home from World Youth Day on a spiritual high, we must not simply leave behind those experiences in Rio. "
Anitra Yu (Notre Dame student, Sydney Campus)

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