Pope Francis has arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in the XXVIII World Youth Day to be attended by an estimated two million young people. The Pope was mobbed by huge crowds as his car tried to make its way through the city of Rio!
Selina Hasham interviews Anthony Doyle (Chaplain of the Australian Defence Force Academy) about the World Youth Day Pilgrimage to Rio.
As he gets ready for his first international trip to Brazil, Pope Francis decided to visit Benedict XVI, just days before the start of World Youth Day. Pope Francis, asked Benedict XVI for his prayers, as he gets ready to fly to Latin America. The Pope gave Ratzinger, the official World Youth Day booklet as well as the event's official medal.
Local life in the shanty town is hardFor thousands of young people, the week preceding World Youth Day was their first experience meeting Catholics of other nations and cultures. A group of young people from Australia spent Mission Week interacting with parishioners at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Sao Paulo.
Tragedy struck a group of 23 French youth heading to Brazil for World Youth Day (WYD) when their bus crashed into a truck, killing one pilgrim and leaving 5 in critical condition. The accident occurred in Kourou, located in French Guiana, a main stop for youth coming in from France heading to WYD.
When Pope Francis arrives in Brazil for WYD 2013, he will be landing in the country with the highest number of Catholics in the world. About 165 million, or 84,5 percent of the population is Catholic, other religions in the country include Protestant and spiritist denominations.
Through his twitter account, Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, is speaking out against the arrest of a Mexican pilgrim who was detained, while on her way to Brazil for World Youth Day. It seems she was wrongfull accused of drug trafficking. Everything started when on July 11th, Angel de Maria Soto Zárate, boarded a plane from Mexico to Rio. She stopped in Peru for a connecting flight and it's there that she realized she no longer had her passport with her.
The organizers of the World Youth Day to be held next week in Brazil have sent a report on the massive economic benefit Pope Francis’ visit will have on the area, estimating some 20,000 jobs to be created. According to organizers, World Youth Day 2013 will have an estimated economic impact of more than $220 million in the Rio de Janeiro area, where the event will be held, from July 20-30.
World Youth Day wants to take the world by surprise. So among other events, on Sunday July 28th, an enormous flash-mob is being organized, featuring two million dancers. Its creators have even produced a video explaining the various dance steps, just in case more people want to join in.
A look at the Franciscan hospital Pope Francis will visit during his trip to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.
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