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Aussie WYD Pilgrims in Peru Up at 4am to Watch Origin on iPhone
Last edited 18th July 2013

More than 20 Sydney WYD pilgrims and dedicated Blues fans were determined not to miss a second of last night's State of Origin despite being half a world away in Peru. "Dedicated pilgrims woke up at 4 am to watch Origin through an iphone," tweeted Natasha Mohamad this morning.

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Pope Francis, Making Final Adjustments for his Trip to Brazil
Last edited 18th July 2013

The Pope's first international trip to World Youth Day in Brazil, is also his first journey to his native Latin America as Pope. It will surely be an extremely busy trip. While planning his schedule for his week in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis decided to make his own adjustments to the program, which had been approved by his predecessor.

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A Bioethics Manual in Each WYD Pilgrim Kit
Last edited 16th July 2013

Is it ethically acceptable for a person to live connected to a machine? How do children feel if they are told they were conceived 'in vitro'? What are the consequences of abortion? These and many other issues are addressed in the Bioethics Manual, that thousands of pilgrims will receive in their kit for World Youth Day 2013.


WYD Youth Festival Has Over 600 Confirmed Activities!
Last edited 16th July 2013

Music, exhibitions, dance, theatre, cinema, hikes, church tours and landmark visits make up the various activities of the Youth Festival for WYD Rio2013. According to the Main Evens department of the Rio2013 Local Organizing Committee, more than 600 free activities are already confirmed and will take place in various regions of Rio de Janeiro.

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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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