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First Official Trailer Launched for WYD2013 in Rio

Last edited 12th July 2012

The next World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro is just about one year away. The organizers have released a video inviting all young people to take part in the celebration between July 23rd and 28th of 2013.


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Saint George - WYD2013 Patron of the Week

Last edited 5th November 2012

We have all seen the image – St. George, dressed in English armour, riding a white horse, and of course slaying a dragon. What is funny about this image is that St. George was not English at all – his father was a Roman army official, and his mother was born in Palestine... and somehow I doubt that he actually slayed a dragon! So what is the real story behind St. George? Is it just a myth?


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Latin American Countries Competing for Papal Visit in 2013

Last edited 9th July 2012

Pope Benedict XVI could make a stopover in a Spanish-speaking Latin American country during his visit to the region for World Youth Day Rio 2013. According to reports in the Italian media, three countries--Colombia, Panama and Chile--are vying for the chance to host the pontiff as he makes his way to Brazil next year.


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How Are You Preparing for WYD2013? Send Your Testimony to Rio!

Last edited 6th July 2012

With only one year to go until young people from around the globe gather in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, the time has come for pilgrims to start preparing for the journey. But who are these pilgrims? Where do they come from? And what are they do to prepare for this life-changing event?


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Counting Down to WYD2013 - The Patron Saint Podcast on Xt3

Last edited 28th August 2012

The World Youth Day office in Rio de Janeiro has chosen 5 patrons and 13 intercessors, to guide you on your way as we countdown towards WYD 2013!


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Feast of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati - Intercessor for WYD2013

Last edited 5th July 2012

On 4 July, we celebrate the feast day of one of the official intercessors for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was a vibrant young outdoorsman who combined a deep love for Christ, a desire to serve the needy, and a mission to imbue society and politics with Christian ideals. He died after an acute attack of poliomyelitis on July 4, 1925, at the age of 24. In his short life, he touched the lives of so many people through his volunteer work with St. Vincent de Paul.


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Blessed Chiara Luce Badano - WYD2013 Patron of the Week

Last edited 5th November 2012

Chiara “Luce” Badano was a teenage Italian member of the Focolare Movement – you may have heard of them as they always send a group to World Youth Day! They are a very active international movement, with a mission to work towards Christian unity.


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World Youth Day 2013 - Official Aussie Pilgrimage Promo Video

Last edited 7th May 2013

World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro will be held from 23-38 July 2013. Here is the official promo video for Australian pilgrims. Start getting excited - will you be there?


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Blessed Albertina Berkenbrock - WYD2013 Patron of the Week

Last edited 5th November 2012

Albertina - what an amazing girl! She was born in São Luís, Brazil on the 11th of April 1919. From a young age she had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and also to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, who is known as a model of purity and is the patron saint of her home town.


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Official World Youth Day Prayer to be Launched 13 July 2012

Last edited 19th June 2012

On Friday 13 July, the city of Rio de Janeiro will celebrate one year until World Youth Day 2013 with an evening of celebration, music and prayer. During this celebration, the Official Prayer for World Youth Day 2013 will be launched!


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