World Youth Day pilgrims find faith transcends differences in culture

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — For Americans at World Youth Day, it’s not just seeing and praying with Pope Francis that’s exciting, but the chance to bolster their own faith and take home their experiences.

Young pilgrims from across the country said the energetic feeling of being among hundreds of thousands of people from the world’s different cultures who are unafraid of sharing their faith is both dynamic and inspiring.

“There is just such an amazing positive energy here,” said Moira Loughman, 33, of Scranton, Pa. “It’s quite an experience to have so many people with common ideology, common bond.”

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