• Indianapolis hosted 20,000 youthful Catholics Nov. 21-23 for the National Catholic Youth Conference.

  • Outside, a cold drizzle dampened Indianapolis Nov. 21. Inside the city’s convention center, however, it seemed as if the pure joy and enthusiasm of 20,000 people would have held off the...

    <p>Pope Francis is pictured in a Nov. 22 screen grab sending a message to attendees of the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. (CNS screen grab by Vatican News)  </p>

    Pope Francis is pictured in a Nov. 22 screen grab sending a message to attendees of the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. (CNS screen grab by Vatican News)

  • For 15-year-old Tabitha Njoroge, being together with 20,000 Catholic youths from across the country is a revelation, especially considering how much her life has changed in three years...

    <p>Mary Quirk from Epiphany Parish in Louisville, Ky., embraces Ahok Wol, a friend from the Diocese of Knoxville, Tenn., during the opening general session of the National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. 21 in Indianapolis. Quirk, a junior in high school, addressed nearly 20,000 youths attending the NCYC. (CNS photo by Karen Bonar)  </p>

    Mary Quirk from Epiphany Parish in Louisville, Ky., embraces Ahok Wol, a friend from the Diocese of Knoxville, Tenn., during the opening general session of the National Catholic Youth Conference Nov. 21 in Indianapolis. Quirk, a junior in high school, addressed nearly 20,000 youths attending the NCYC. (CNS photo by Karen Bonar)

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