Dominus, a local Catholic band from Sao Paulo, opened the encounter between the Pope and young people on Thursday night at the stadium of Pacaembu. Young people from all over Brazil and from other countries, including Argentina, Mexico and Chile, filled the stadium to capacity to hear the Pope’s special message to them.
Tereza Aparecida, a consecrated member of the Paulists, said, “This encounter is very important because young people need the counsel of the Church. The Pope can help young people to understand their vocation.” Another young Brazilian, Alexandre Assims, said, “I have come to see the Pope up close, something that I probably never be able to do again. I imagine the sensation must be like when you receive Communion, when you remain in a state of grace.”
Carolina Maria, a young woman from Brasilia, encouraged other young people “to come and feel what it means to be Church, to embrace the faith and show Brazil and the world the beauty of being a young Christian.”