400,000 brave wind, rain for WYD opening Mass on Copacabana beach

By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — The mosaic of hundreds of national flags waving in the cold wind on Copacabana beach was symbolic, as pilgrims from all backgrounds, driven by a single faith, participated in the opening Mass for World Youth Day.

“We come from different cultures, speak different languages, but we sing the same songs and have the same faith,” said Nancy Issa of Ramallah, West Bank. Issa and 20 other Palestinians came to Brazil for the July 23-28 events.

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