World Youth Day - Rio de Janeiro 2013
World Youth Day (WYD) is the largest international youth event in the world. Hundreds of thousands of young people from everywhere come together to jointly
celebrate the Catholic faith. It was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985. Since 2002, World Youth Day has been held every three years. After the 2011 event in Madrid, the next
World Youth Day was scheduled a year earlier than usual, in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thus avoiding any conflict with the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brasil and the Summer Olympics 2016 being held in Rio de Janeiro.
Young people can spread throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro to participate in small and large-scale cultural festivals, celebrations, concerts, meetings and theater.
Traditional highlights of World Youth Day are welcoming the pope on Thursday, on Saturday night the great vigil under the stars of Rio de Janeiro and on Sunday an impressive final Eucharist. Anyone between the age of 18 and 30 is welcome at World Youth Day. It is a Catholic event, but young people of all faiths are welcome to join the festivities.
Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day (in Portuguese Jornada Mundial da Juventude) lasts from 23 until 28 of July, 2013. The theme of this edition is: "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:19). With the 2013 edition, WYD returns to South America after more than two decades. It will be also the first one in a Portuguese-speaking (Lusophone) nation.
World Youth Day 2013 will be the first to be attended by Pope Francis, himself a South American (Argentina).
The official program:
Tue July 23: Arrival and opening celebration
Wed July 24: Catechesis and youth festival
Thu July 25: Catechesis, youth festival and welcoming the Pope
Fri July 26: Catechesis, youth festival and Way of the Cross
Sat July 27: Pilgrimage and Evening vigil with the Pope
Sun July 28: Concluding Eucharistic celebration with the Pope
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