Dozens of young pilgrims from the San Antonio Archdiocese are in Brazil for World Youth Day, and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, who is in Rio de Janeiro with them, says they all are hoping for an up close and personal look at Pope Francis, 1200 WOAI news reports.
"His message to young people was very powerful," Garcia-Siller told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board from Brazil. "Expressing how he believed the heart of the young people has a lot of possibilities for the future."
There were prayers and rosaries on Rio's famed Copacabana Beach, as millions of Catholic teenagers and young adults from around the world flew their national flags and gathered on the shoreline.
Worth Youth Day is an event which happens every two years to bring together Catholic youth people. The Pope often visits the events, and this is Francis' first trip outside Italy since he became Pope in March.
"He is very king, very joyful, he is always with a smile," Archbishop Garcia-Siller said. "He is also very approachable with his communications skills."
The Archbishop says as many parts of the world turn away from Christianity, it is important that observant Catholic young people gather and be energized by the Pope.
Garcia-Siller recalls attending a World Youth Day gathering as a young man in the 1980s and encountering Pope John Paul. He says the new Pope Francis is much like John Paul in his humility, and his ability to connect with young people.