Australian WYD Pilgrimage - Statement on Safety and Security in Rio de Janeiro

Last edited 9th July 2013

Australian WYD Pilgrimage - Statement on Safety and Security in Rio de Janeiro

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.

The World Youth Day (WYD) Office in Rio reports that, contrary to some media reports, the protests have mostly been peaceful and some actions by small groups of activists are not supported by the majority of the protesters. The protests seem to have since died down and the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Most Rev. Orani João Tempesta O.Cist., has expressed his confidence that the protests will not impact upon the celebration of WYD, which he says is “held in high esteem by all”.

Visit the ACBC Media Blog for the full statement: http://mediablog.catholic.org.au/?p=2138


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