By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service
SAO PAULO (CNS) — For thousands of young people, the week preceding World Youth Day was their first experience meeting Catholics of other nations and cultures.
A group of young people from Australia spent Mission Week, as it was called, interacting with parishioners at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Sao Paulo.
“The welcoming we have received here in Sao Paulo and at this parish has been overwhelming,” Father Peter Zwaans of Adelaide told Catholic News Service July 18.