A World Youth Day pilgrim writes in her journal Jan. 26 while waiting for the pope to arrive at the World Youth Day Vigil. Many pilgrims had camped for hours before the vigil even began. (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
World Youth Day pilgrim Ivon González of Mexico, center, teaches friends how to dance the Macarena while waiting for the vigil to begin at Campo San Juan Pablo II outside Panama City. (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
A pilgrim from Italy naps while waiting for the vigil (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
Pilgrims welcome Pope Francis as he arrives at Campo San Juan Pablo II, the site of the World Youth Day Vigil. (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
Pope Francis addresses the 600,000 people gathered at the World Youth Day Vigil. “The Lord’s love is greater than all our problems, frailties and flaws. Yet it is precisely through our problems, frailties and flaws that he wants to write this love story,” the pope said.
The vigil included a procession of flags representing all of the countries of the world, a reminder of the great diversity among the young Catholics who came together at World Youth Day. (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
As the sun set and Adoration began, a hush fell over the once-lively crowd, and they joined the pope in prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament. (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
Pilgrims kneel in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
A pilgrim prays before the Blessed Sacrament. (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)
Pilgrims kneel in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. (CS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann)