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Pope Francis' Address to the Organising Committee of WYD Rio de Janeiro

Last edited 8th April 2014

Pope Francis' Address to the Organising Committee of WYD Rio de Janeiro

On Tuesday 8 April 2014, Pope Francis held an audience with the members of the Organising Committee of the World Youth Day at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click here for a translation of the Pope’s address to those present.

"At the end of that week (WYD2013), on returning to Rome full of longing, I realised that the Cariocas are “thieves”! Yes, “thieves,” because they stole my heart! I take advantage of your presence here today to thank you for this “theft.” Thank you very much for having infected me with your enthusiasm there in Rio de Janeiro, and for helping me today to “kill” my longing for Brazil." - Pope Francis


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