Friends on the Beach


Last night, we had the official welcome of my good friend, Pope Francis, to World Youth Day, again on the beaches of Copacabana. The crowds were simply immense. And for a short person like me, it means that I didn’t get to see anything past the shoulders of taller pilgrims (which is almost everyone).

However, Mark was able to get a good vantage point for the camera. He also got to meet a few friends from a few different countries.


During the short time Mark and I got separated by the crowd, I got to meet a group of pilgrims from Taiwan, where my parents were from. I got to brush up a little on my limited Chinese. Here in this picture, one pilgrim from Taiwan exchanges a culture item with me. It is the customs at WYD for people from different countries to exchange small tokens to remember the trip. I was able to present them with a Busted Halo beach ball.

Jimmy Hsu

Jimmy Hsu

Jimmy Hsu is a seminarian of the Paulist Fathers beginning his fourth year of graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Jimmy is from Plano, Texas, and studied computer science at the University of Texas in Austin before deciding to enter the Paulist Fathers.