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Rio's WYD in Numbers

Last edited 1st August 2013

After a highly successful event, organizers for World Youth Day in Brazil released final attendance tallies, with two of the days surpassing the 3 million mark. In all over 3.5 million pilgrims took part in the events for WYD, even though only 427,000 pilgrims registered. Attendance increased as the week went on. On Tuesday, July 23, 600,000 people participated. However, by that Friday, the number of pilgrims swelled to 2 million.

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Cardinal Pell's Catechesis Session at WYD Rio - 24 July 2013

Last edited 7th August 2013

On Wednesday 24 July 2013, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, delivered an inspiring Catechesis address to English-speaking pilgrims during World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. You can listen to his address in full in this video!

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Best Images of Pope Francis celebrating World Youth Day

Last edited 7th August 2013

Pope Francis is now back in Rome after celebating World Youth Day in Brazil. His first international trip as pontiff was marked by touching speeches and unforgettable moments. Take a look at this short video of highlights from all the moving and inspirational moments that made World Youth Day 2013 such a life-changing event for so many!

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Bishop Anthony Fisher on the Impact and “Big Picture” of a WYD

Last edited 29th July 2013

In the midst of World Youth Day Rio, Salt and Light’s Father Thomas Rosica had the opportunity to sit down with Bishop Anthony Fisher, now Bishop of Parramatta, who was Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney and WYD Coordinator at the time of WYD Sydney in 2008. Take a look!

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Pope to Youths: Don't See Life From Afar. Just Like Jesus Did, Take Action!

Last edited 29th July 2013

They didn't mind the wind or the cold weather. On the beach at Brazil's Copacabana, at least two million youths welcomed Pope Francis for the prayer vigil, one of the most eagerly awaited events of WYD! Watch highlights from the WYD2 Prayer Vigil in this video by Rome Reports.

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Pope Francis in Action at World Youth Day 2013 in Rio!

Last edited 27th July 2013

Pope Francis heard confessions, took a popemobile ride, recited the Angelus, and lunched with youths in Rio de Janeiro July 26.

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WYD2013 - Pope's Angelus: Combining the Strength of the Youth with the Wisdom of the Elderly

Last edited 29th July 2013

Amid cheers, music and a lot of enthusiasm, thousands of people came out to celebrate the Angelus along with the Pope. Up from the balcony of the Archbishop's Palace, the Pope talked about the need to combine the energy of the youth with the wisdom of the elderly.


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Pope Visits Brazilian Slum. Blesses Parish Altar

Last edited 25th July 2013

Pope Francis visited a Brazilian slum, just outside of Rio de Janeiro. As he was making his way through the city's streets, crowds rushed alongside the popemobile, hoping to greet him.

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WYD2013 Australian Gathering Highlights

Last edited 29th July 2013

Music, dancing, testimonials, prayer and blessings - that was the celebration at "Aussie Central" in downtown Rio de Janeiro for the Australian pilgrims who have travelled from around Australia to be at World Youth Day in Brazil.


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Pope to Recovering Drug Addicts: "The Church is With You, But You Need the Will to Stand Up"

Last edited 25th July 2013

A few hours after celebrating his first World Youth Day Mass, the Pope visited a hospital that helps recovering drug addicts. For over a decade, Franciscan friars have run the St. Francis of Assisi Hospital, helping over 1,700 recovering addicts, in the past 13 years. Despite the heavy rain, a large crowd was ready to welcome Pope Francis. Before giving his speech, he listened to the testimonies, of those who got their life back on track thanks to the center.


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