SHANNON Cavanagh is hoping to personally meet Pope John Paul when she goes to Canada for World Youth Day next month.
Shannon, 24, is one of two young delegates chosen to represent the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference at World Youth Day. She will be joined by Adam Morris of Canberra.
They will represent the 1000 young pilgrims who are also travelling to Toronto for the World Youth Day celebrations from July 22-28.
Shannon, who is an Edmund Rice Camps co-ordinator, was nominated by Townsville Bishop Michael Putney and was selected from a large field of candidates.
Shannon’s enthusiasm for young people is evident.
‘Young people are incredible,’ she said. ‘They have this amazing desire to contribute to the community. They take the responsibility, without question, to do something about the injustices of our society.
‘So many young people have the natural ability to approach the disadvantaged with a Christ-like humility and grace.
‘I get to see Christ in the faces of our volunteers every day. How blessed am I?’
Shannon is also the Townsville diocesan youth representative for World Youth Day and has co-ordinated fundraising and awareness events in the past months.
She said being chosen as an Australian representative was a shock.
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