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Creation to be Major Theme at WYD in Rio

Last edited 17th April 2013

Creation to be Major Theme at WYD in Rio

When hundreds of thousands of young Catholics gather with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in July, reflections on safeguarding the environment will be part of the program.

"From the beginning of planning - under Pope Benedict XVI - we thought that a major theme in Brazil, known as 'the lungs of the world', would have to be the environment," said Marcello Bedeschi, president of the John Paul II Foundation for Youth. "We did not know that there would be a new pope and that in his first three major addresses, he would speak about safeguarding creation, not in political or ideological terms, but as a Christian obligation".

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