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Rio de Janeiro's "Christ the Redeemer" Statue Turns 80

Last edited 23rd September 2011

Brazil's most popular symbol, the statue of "Christ the Redeemer" - which you will see in Rio during WYD2013 - turns 80 on 12 October. Rio de Janeiro will celebrate this in style with these amazing images will take a look back at its history. Watch this video to find out more!

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World Youth Day Cross to Visit Southern Cone of South America

Last edited 22nd September 2011

The apostolic nuncio to Brazil expressed joy Sept. 18 as the World Youth Day cross arrived in Brazil. He explained that Pope Benedict XVI wants the Brazilian youth to welcome it and to carry it to Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, the countries that make up the region of South America known as the Southern Cone.


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WYD2013 - All About Brazil

Last edited 28th October 2011

The official website for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio has released some basic information about the Catholic Church in Brazil, as well as the plans for WYD 2013!


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Official Website for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro Launched

Last edited 7th December 2011

Even though the next World Youth Day is about two years away, preparations are well under way. On September 18, the official World Youth Day website was launched. It includes all types of information, from registration to volunteering and of course basic facts on Brazil.


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Rio Sees WYD As Boost for Brazil's Shrinking Catholic Population

Last edited 7th September 2011

Archbishop Orani João Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro says that the city is looking forward to hosting World Youth Day in 2013, which will be a welcome sign of hope for "our young people who are afflicted with problems like poverty, violence, and drugs."


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Madrid World Youth Day's Shortcomings Offer Lessons for Rio

Last edited 1st September 2011

It was one of the most remarkable global manifestations of the Catholic faith in recent memory. But since pilgrims have started returning home from World Youth Day, some are talking about the disorganization they experienced and how the event could be improved. For example, around 100,000 of the 1.5 million pilgrims we refused entry into the venue for the Vigil and Final Mass, despite having the correct passes.


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Already at Work for Rio 2013: Interview with Cardinal Rylko

Last edited 29th August 2011

Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, the President of the Pontifical Council for Laity, is already looking forward to the next World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013. With less than 2 years to go before WYD2013 begins, the Cardinal has revealed some of his thoughts and plans for the next big event. Visit this article for an interview with Cardinal Rylko!

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Next Stop - Rio de Janeiro: The World’s Youth Looking Forward to 2013

Last edited 25th August 2011

From 23-28 July 2013, the Corcovado’s giant statue of the Christ the Redeemer will welcome in its symbolic embrace young people from all over the world for the next international instalment of WYD in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian Archbishop Orani João Tempesta said: “We want to show that Rio is not just sports and carnivals. Our day should be an opportunity for those of our young people who are afflicted with problems like poverty, violence and drugs”.


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"Go and Make Disciples of All Nations" - Theme for World Youth Day 2013

Last edited 7th May 2013

Just days after the close of World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Benedict XVI unveiled the theme for the next international World Youth Day, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2013: "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). Watch this video for more!


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Joy in Rio as Youth Gear up for 2013

Last edited 24th August 2011

It was only 7 a.m. and a throng of Brazilian young people had been awake for hours. Smiles lit up their tired faces: The Pope is coming here.


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