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There are many people who influence Canadian society and provide positive inspiration for others In 2002 Pope John Paul made a visit to Canada which made a tremendously influential impact on its society Every two years the Vatican selects a host city for World Youth Day celebrations This summer World Youth Day 2002 was held in Toronto Ontario Through World Youth Day Pope John Paul II significantly influenced Canadian society creating a sense of unity diversity and spirituality in the community that was not present before The Popes influence on Canadians was evident in the way he helped to unify its society during World Youth Day He joined half a million young Catholics from around the world in an overnight vigil in the citys Downsview park and then celebrated a public mass the next morning for an anticipated one million people Hundreds of World Youth Day participants culminated in what may have been their last chance to see a mass delivered by Pope John Paul II People of all races ethnicities and even religious backgrounds unified as a whole community in order to receive the message of the Pope He created an opportunity for many to meet people from other cultures and participate in a week of concerts catechism and other activities to celebrate their faith Canadians opened their doors to World Youth Day pilgrims giving visitors a safe place to stay Also 260 schools all across the province were set up as temporary hotels for 83000 pilgrims World Youth Day and Papal Visit The amount of volunteers who helped to make World Youth Day a success was immense Mr Fairfield who had flown in from Edmonton the night before said the work makes him feel like a part of something important You work long hours he said but this is something that represents the future of the Church WYD Canadians came together as a community all because of this one mans visit Before
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