In 2002, just before I entered seminary, I was part of the leadership of a group of 95 pilgrims to World Youth Day in Toronto. For me, one of the most amazing moments was the Papal welcoming ceremony a couple of days before the final Mass. We got fairly close to the stage and heard a powerful message from Pope John Paul II.

Here’s some great news: Salt and Light TV has just posted the full, 3+ hour broadcast on Youtube! Check it out below. Of note:

* The Pope’s main message (in English) begins just after the 2h29m mark.
* Some CCO people are seen at 2:40:50.
* Our now-famous JESUS sign is at 3:05:02! Funny thing about that sign: some of our group saw that a bar in Pickering was throwing out 5, white, corrugated plastic boards. So they picked them up, bought some black electrical tape, and the signs were born. They’ve since been seen around the world!