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Rio's WYD in Numbers

Last edited 1st August 2013

After a highly successful event, organizers for World Youth Day in Brazil released final attendance tallies, with two of the days surpassing the 3 million mark. In all over 3.5 million pilgrims took part in the events for WYD, even though only 427,000 pilgrims registered. Attendance increased as the week went on. On Tuesday, July 23, 600,000 people participated. However, by that Friday, the number of pilgrims swelled to 2 million.

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Aussie Volunteer's Private Lunch with Pope at WYD!

Last edited 31st July 2013

World Youth Day volunteer, West Australian Josephine Yustira was one of two pilgrims chosen to represent Oceania at a private lunch with Pope Francis during the six day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.


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Cardinal Pell's Catechesis Session at WYD Rio - 24 July 2013

Last edited 7th August 2013

On Wednesday 24 July 2013, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, delivered an inspiring Catechesis address to English-speaking pilgrims during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. You can listen to his address in full in this video!

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Best Images of Pope Francis celebrating World Youth Day

Last edited 7th August 2013

Pope Francis is now back in Rome after celebating World Youth Day in Brazil. His first international trip as pontiff was marked by touching speeches and unforgettable moments. Take a look at this short video of highlights from all the moving and inspirational moments that made World Youth Day 2013 such a life-changing event for so many!

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Pope –acabana! Three Million Celebrate Closing Mass with Pope Francis

Last edited 29th July 2013

More than three million people crowded onto one of the world’s most famous strips of beach to welcome the first Latin American pope and take part in the closing mass of World Youth Day 2013.


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WYD Final Mass: The Pope and the People

Last edited 29th July 2013

Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated the concluding World Youth Day Mass in Rio de Janeiro as the many events and inititives that filled the articulated World Youth Day programme are come to end.


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WYD2013 - Full Text of Pope Francis' Address at Farewell Ceremony

Last edited 7th August 2013

Madam President,


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Pope's Full Address to World Youth Day Volunteers

Last edited 7th August 2013

Dear Volunteers, Good evening!


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Pope's Homily at the World Youth Day Final Mass - Full Text

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Brother Bishops and Priests,


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Bishop Anthony Fisher on the Impact and “Big Picture” of a WYD

Last edited 29th July 2013

In the midst of World Youth Day Rio, Salt and Light’s Father Thomas Rosica had the opportunity to sit down with Bishop Anthony Fisher, now Bishop of Parramatta, who was Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and WYD Coordinator at the time of WYD Sydney in 2008. Take a look!

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