World Youth Day 2013 awaits you

logo-jmjThe Twenty-eighth World Youth Day

World Youth Day (WYD)  is an international meeting of young people with the pope, held every two or three years, which lasts about a week.

The last WYD was in 2011, in Madrid and brought together more than 190 countries, making Christ known to all the youth of the world and showing the world that the youth believe.

The 28th WYD will be held from 23 to 28 July, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has as its motto “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28: 19).

If you are going to WYD 2013, then good on you. You’ll have an amazing and blessed time. For those still trying to decide whether to go, perhaps the opening part of the pope’s letter to you will serve as encouragement…

Dear young friends,

I greet all of you with great joy and affection. I am sure that many of you returned from World Youth Day in Madrid all the more “planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2:7). This year in our Dioceses we celebrated the joy of being Christians, taking as our theme: “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4). And now we are preparing for the next World Youth Day, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2013.

Before all else, I invite you once more to take part in this important event. The celebrated statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking that beautiful Brazilian city will be an eloquent symbol for us. Christ’s open arms are a sign of his willingness to embrace all those who come to him, and his heart represents his immense love for everyone and for each of you. Let yourselves be drawn to Christ! Experience this encounter along with all the other young people who will converge on Rio for the next World Youth Day! Accept Christ’s love and you will be the witnesses so needed by our world…

From the Vatican, 18 October 2012
BENEDICTUS PP XVI

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July 14, 2013. WYD 2013.

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