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World Youth Day by the Numbers: Pilgrims, Toilets and Security Patrols
Last edited 16th July 2013

As hundreds of thousands of young Catholic pilgrims descend on Brazil, World Youth Day coordinators in Rio de Janeiro are putting the finishing touches on preparations for up to 2.5 million people.

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Cost Concerns Loom for Pope's Brazil Trip
Last edited 16th July 2013

Pope Francis carries enormous advantages into his first overseas trip next week to Brazil, including high levels of global popularity and the natural enthusiasm generated by being history's first Latin American pontiff.

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Virtual Tour of the Largest Marian Shrine in the World Available, Ahead of Pope's WYD Visit
Last edited 16th July 2013

A Virtual tour is now available of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida Brazil.


John Paul II Relics Bless WYD Rio
Last edited 15th July 2013

Everything is going according to plan for World Youth Day, as far as the Vatican is concerned, as hundreds of thousands of young people gather in Rio de Janeiro for this year’s premier Catholic youth celebration.

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Check out the Pope's Schedule for WYD in Brazil!
Last edited 15th July 2013

For his forthcoming trip to Rio, Pope Francis has decided to make a few adjustments to suit his own style. His final schedule is full with of appointments, and will feature landmark moments such as a visit to a Marian shrine and meetings with ill or needy people.


Pope Francis' Accommodation for World Youth Day Revealed
Last edited 15th July 2013

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications has posted a series of photos of the room where Pope Francis will stay during his visit to Brazil for World Youth Day, which will take place July 23-28. The accommodations are located at the Sumare House in Rio de Janeiro, where Blessed John Paul II also stayed in October, 1997. The late pontiff had traveled to Brazil for the Second World Meeting of Families.

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Pilgrim of the Poor: Pope Prepares to Return to His Home Continent
Last edited 14th July 2013

For Pope Francis, the pursuit of social justice is inseparable from faith in Christ, and ultimately impossible without it. And so as the first Latin American pontiff prepares to travel to his native continent on his first international trip as pope, July 22-29, he will exemplify this commitment to social action and evangelization that he has made a defining feature of his young pontificate. Visit this article from CNS to read more.


Rio de Janeiro Welcomes WYD Cross and Icon
Last edited 12th July 2013

After two years of pilgrimage around the different municipalities of Brazil, the World Youth Day Cross and Icon have arrived in Rio de Janeiro, where they will remain until the conclusion of World Youth Day 2013 from 23-28 July!

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Setting the stage in Rio for World Youth Day 2013...Literally
Last edited 10th July 2013

Preparations for WYD 2013 started months ago, but there is still a lot on the agenda. One of the issues organizers are working on, is the installations of two main stages, where most of the gathering with Pope Francis will take place. They include stages in Copacabana and Campus Fidei. Organizers say, they goal is to build a structure where everyone can see Pope Francis, even from a distance.


WYD Pilgrim Kits to be Distributed Starting 15th July
Last edited 9th July 2013

WYD Rio2013 pilgrims will be able to pick up their kits starting on the 15th of this month at two locations: Santa Cruz and the Sambodromo. The locations are pre-determined in the voucher that will be sent by email. Distribution will continue until July 27. Organisers recommend that pilgrims pick up the kits between July 15th and 21st.

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