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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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Pope Grants Indulgences for World Youth Day
Last edited 10th July 2013

Pope Francis will grant a plenary indulgence – a remission of all temporal punishment due to sin – to World Youth Day Catholic participants, the Vatican announced in a decree released on July 9.

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Australian WYD Pilgrimage - Statement on Safety and Security in Rio de Janeiro
Last edited 9th July 2013

In recent weeks grassroots protests have taken place in Brazil. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) would like to reassure leaders, pilgrims and their families that the safety and well-being of pilgrims is our first priority.

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How will Campus Fidei in Guaratiba work?
Last edited 8th July 2013

Campus Fidei in Guaratiba will host the Vigil and the Final Mass, presided over by Pope Francis on July 27th and 28th. The field features 22 sections with 32 service stations. Each section has infrastructure that includes restrooms, drinking water, snack shops and adoration tents. In the area, there will also be medical posts and an area reserved for people with disabilities who want to be up close. With this design, pilgrims will not need to move frequently between sections to find the desired services.

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Commissioning Mass for WYD2013 Rio Pilgrims
Last edited 8th July 2013

Many of the young pilgrims heading to South America and World Youth Day in Rio gathered at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Friday night for a Commissioning Mass followed by a get together.

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How to Create a World Youth Day Blog on Xt3.com
Last edited 8th July 2013

An instruction video on how to create and update a blog during World Youth Day 2013 on Xt3.com


"World Youth Day Minute" News Update - Episode 11
Last edited 7th July 2013

Here is another episode of "World Youth Day Minute", featuring the latest English news from the WYD2013 organising committee in Rio. This episode was recorded on 5 July 2013, and talks about finding out where your catechesis will take place, a reminder to bring some warm clothes as it is winter in Rio, and an update about the construction of the stages for WYD events.


The Saints and Blesseds of World Youth Day
Last edited 4th July 2013

During his Pontificate, Blessed John Paul II spoke often to young people about the call to holiness and the vocation to be saints. Following this legacy, Pope Benedict XVI assigned 18 Saints and Blesseds as special patrons and intercessors for young men and women attending Rio's World Youth Day this July.

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Pilgrims with Disabilities to Have Special Attention at WYD
Last edited 4th July 2013

Pilgrims with physical, hearing, visual and intellectual disabilities will have all the support and assistance necessary to participate in the catechesis activities and Main Events, from those in Copacabana all the way to those of the Campus Fidei, without losing any of the emotion of World Youth Day (WYD) Rio 2013. One-hundred twenty national and international volunteers will be trained and will assist with those individuals.

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