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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Michael Mason
Pope Francis kicked off the first World Youth Day festival of his papacy, addressing hundreds of thousands of rain-soaked young pilgrims from around the world who flocked to Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach to hear his message.
He also noted that such statements did seem to accompany changes in beliefs, practices and behavior.
"When we put these findings in the larger context of the increasingly secular character of Western societies, it becomes clear that these youth celebrations and the conversions to which they give rise are but a small-scale remnant of what was once normal and general: adolescents building an identity founded on a religion shared by their family and their society — an important stage of their religious socialization," he wrote in a 2010 paper on Sydney pilgrims.