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Pinecrest students see Pope
Journey to Brazil strengthened faith

Pincrest students in Rio
Pinecrest students at World Youth Day in Rio De Janeiro: (L to R) Stephanie Petros, Fernanda Velazquez, Lauren Downes, Sofia Lobeira, Emily Holmes, Hannah Kelley and Yasmin Martins.

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By Jennifer Sami 
Surrounded by about 3 million Catholic youth, Natalie Mata couldn’t help feeling a part of something bigger than herself.

“It was incredible,” said Mata, a junior at Pinecrest Academy. “You saw everyone there for the same reason and it was just really powerful when you would all do things together because your faith isn’t only yours, it was everyone else’s too.”

Mata, along with a handful of other students from the private Catholic school in south Forsyth recently returned from the annual World Youth Day in Brazil.

The event drew youth from around the world to explore the country and their faith. It culminated with hearing Pope Francis speak to the millions gathered for Sunday Mass on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

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