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50 teens travel over 1200 miles to attend General Audience

Traveling over 24 hours by bus from Murcia to Rome, 50 teens from the Parish of the Child Jesus of Yecla attended Pope Francis' General Audience on Wednesday. 

It has been a beautiful experience to see the catholicity and universality of the Church from so many countries. We came with the desire to listen to the Holy Father and, above all, show him our love and our affection for the service and dedication that he gives to the Church.

We must do everything possible to accompany young people and give them this experience of the Church.

After the traditional apostolic blessing, Pope Francis left the Paul VI Audience Hall in a wheelchair and greeted those present. It was a very emotional moment for the pilgrims. 

When the Pope passed in front of us, we were singing that we are the youth of the Pope. We are the youth of Christ and the youth of the Virgin Mary.

I am very happy to be here in Rome, at the Vatican, with this group of young people from the parish to see the Pope, the head of the Church, the one I love, the one I am going to give myself to and the one I am going to serve with all my heart.

The young people of the parish were not alone on their pilgrimage - they were accompanied by a special mascot. 

It is Niño Man, the Baby Jesus, which we use as a catechetical tool to work a little with the kids in the parish of Niño Jesús de Yecla. It has comics and cartoons.

Hello, I am Niño Man. I bless you all and send you greetings from Spain. Hey you! Come with me!

After finishing the pilgrimage, the group set off on their journey back to Spain. Each said their goodbyes to the Vatican, including the Niño Man.