Toronto, Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph
Sunday 28 July 2002
To the National Committee of World Youth Day,
to Benefactors, and to Young People of the First Nations
I greet you all and thank you for coming to see me at the closing of the Seventeenth World Youth
I am grateful above all to the Archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Ambrozic, who, together with
Bishop Anthony Meagher, has guided the long preparations for this great event. My thanks also go
to all those who by their dedication have made it a success, as well as to those who gave financial
I am happy to meet the young people of the First Nations from the land of Blessed Kateri
Tekakwitha. You rightly call her kaiatano (most noble and worthy person). May she be an
example to you of how Christians are to be the salt and light of the earth.
A special word of appreciation to the young, and not so young, members of the National
Committee for the World Youth Day. I know how much generous effort you have put into the work
of the past two years. In the name of all the young people who came to Toronto and have shared in
the results of your work, the Pope says thanks!
Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke the blessings of Almighty God.