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Alaskan Bishops Enable Young People To Attend World Youth Day July 23rd, 2013
Alaskan youth faced with the possibility of losing a long-planned trip to World Youth Day were rescued by the three Alaskan Bishops, one of whom is an Oblate. The youth had worked hard to save for the trip, but their travel deposits – amounting to some $180,000, were lost due to the bankruptcy of the travel agency making their arrangements. The Most Rev. Roger L. Schwietz, OMI, ArchBishop of Anchorage, Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau and Bishop Donald Kettler of Fairbanks stepped in to raise the money needed for the youth to experience the event with Pope Francis.