Nuns greet Pope Francis as he arrives for the closing Holy Mass of Asian Youth Day at South Korea’s Haemi Fortress Sunday.
What do you get when you mix thousands of young people from all over Asia and Pope Francis? A sort of Catholic Woodstock.
With the 77-year-old pontiff presiding over the closing Mass for Asian Youth Day, the soundtrack for Sunday’s two-hour service at Haemi Fortress in western Korea was filled from beginning to end with the kind of drum fills, slap bass and synthesizer runs associated with an actual rock concert — or at the very least, an evangelical Protestant megachurch. There was even an electric guitar solo as Pope Francis led the congregates in Communion.
The mood was buoyant, helped by rain that left the fortress grounds damp and muddy, but which cleared just in time for the Pope’s arrival. The 2,000-odd young Catholics from across the continent…
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