Each new generation of young Christians inherits the burden of past divisions. Their human and spiritual education is often marked, consciously or unconsciously, by prejudices and misunderstandings of divided Christian communities. It is confusing to hear the one message of the Gospel through many conflicting voices. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that young Christians be given the opportunity to make friends with Christians of other traditions, to read the Gospel and to pray with them, to grow in understanding and appreciation of their particular gifts. However humble and small-scale these shared experiences may be, they are genuine steps toward greater unity among Christians (#52).This year’s WYD pilgrims have returned from Lisbon with many rich, new insights. I hope they will be given opportunities to share with their home parishes and dioceses all the many things they may have learned and experienced through ecumenical, interreligious, and intercultural encounters that took place there. I hope they will be able to tell us in their own words the impact of those encounters as moments of clarity, questioning, or growth in their Catholic Christian identity. I hope their experiences and testimonies will encourage a future generation of ecumenists and interreligious specialists to develop new friendships with members of other faith communities and to explore new directions in dialogue, all in the name of human fraternity. Indeed, the Church has much to gain and to learn from her “next gen” ecumenists.