Dear friends and all of you who will join me in Krakow for World Youth Day, especially those of you who will remain in your respective homes and countries. I cannot wait to bring you the experience of World Youth Day; this year it is taking place in my homeland: Poland. I was born here in Canada, and my parents raised me to speak Polish and to appreciate my heritage and the wealth of faith that has passed on in our ancestry. So already, being a part of this World Youth Day is very special to me. I also cannot wait to experience Pope Francis’ joy of meeting us at the momentous occasion – his papacy is a message of mercy, and I believe the message Mercy desperately need to be heard in our culture.