Kelly Seegers for the Catholic Standard
Francis Huang, a young adult who is a parishioner at St. Mary’s in Rockville, has not been to World Youth Day since 2002, when he traveled to see Pope John Paul II in Toronto during the last international World Youth Day that pope attended.
“To see him want to reach out to youth all around the world was touching,” Huang said. While sometimes the pope can seem like a lofty, inaccessible figure, he said he could tell that Pope John Paul II “wanted to be among the people.”
Huang and his family moved to the United States from Taiwan when he was six years old, and he has lived in the area ever since, receiving both his bachelor‘s and MBA degrees from the University of Maryland and a master’s in computer science from Johns Hopkins. He now works as a software consultant for Gravitate Solutions in Alexandria.