Young people in Brazil prepare to welcome Pope Francis to World Youth Day 2013. All image rights reserved by the Communications Department of WYD 2013
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By Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis
Like the Rolling Stones a few years before him, Pope Francis will gather to celebrate with millions of young people on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro next week. The occasion will be World Youth Day, an event where the Holy Father will invite the young to “Go and make disciples of all nations”.
But many years before these celebrations, there was a more significant joyous meeting on a beach. The one where our risen Lord appeared to the disciples on the shores of the sea of Galilee. (Jn 21:1)
The disciples had fished all night and had lost hope. As dawn came, the Lord appeared and told them to cast their net to the other side of the boat. What they brought back up was an abundance of fish. It was with this fish, along with some bread that Jesus prepared breakfast for them.
The disciples believed in the Lord and followed his suggestions and what they received was relief from their material and spiritual hunger. Continue reading
A pilgrim prepares for WYD in Rio. All image rights reserved by the Comunications Department of WYD 2013
World Youth Day 23rd-28th July
By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis
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Pope Francis now has more people following him on twitter in Spanish than he has in English (well over a cool 2.5 million followers in each language). Seeing as up to three-quarters of twitter users are said to be between 15 and 25 years old, that’s a good sign for the upcoming World Youth Day in Brazil.
Around two million young pilgrims are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro where they’ll join Pope Francis on Copacabana beach and in other places to take part in various events such as catecheses, masses and a vigil. I’ll be with them, applying sun cream and anti-aging creams at frequent intervals and working with my colleagues from Caritas Brazil to provide the 164 organisations in our global confederation with blogs, press releases and photos.