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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Teenager crosses South America on foot to see Pope

By Estefania Aguirre and Ryan Thomas


Facundo (center) traveled across South America on foot to attend World Youth Day. 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 05:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Unable to afford transportation, a teenage boy traveled 1,829 miles to Rio de Janeiro by foot, hoping to meet Pope Francis during World Youth Day.

Young Facundo spent one month horizontally crossing almost the entire South American continent – from his hometown of Jujuy, Argentina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – to take part in the July 23 - 28 global youth event.

“I wanted to come with the people of Jujuy but I couldn’t because I would have had to pay 7,000 pesos ($1,280 U.S. dollars) and that’s a lot of money,” said Facundo.

“I kept asking them if I could come with them, but they wouldn't let me,” he told CNA July 26.

Facundo, who graduated high school last year, was only guided by a route that his local priest mapped out for him. (...)

Read more: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/teenager-crosses-south-america-on-foot-to-see-pope/

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