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WYD 2013: The World's Largest Flash-Mob Meets Pope Francis

Last edited 18th July 2013

World Youth Day wants to take the world by surprise. So among other events, on Sunday July 28th, an enormous flash-mob is being organized, featuring two million dancers. Its creators have even produced a video explaining the various dance steps, just in case more people want to join in.

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Rio Hospital Ready for Pope

Last edited 18th July 2013

A look at the Franciscan hospital Pope Francis will visit during his trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.

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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.

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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.

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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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