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What have Pope Francis, Jesus and the Rolling Stones got in common?

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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

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A slice of Rio in Scotland

UntitledBy Val Morgan, SCIAF (Caritas Scotland)

Scotland’s Rio is an event for the young people of Scotland to coincide with the World Youth Day being celebrated with Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro in July 2013. It will take place at Stirling University Campus from Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th July, 2013.       

We hope to give young people from across Scotland the opportunity to experience something of the celebration of the international World Youth Day.

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Eventos de Caritas en la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud

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Por Daniel Alejandro Pinilla, Caritas Internationalis

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Es mi primera semana trabajando como pasante para Caritas en Roma. Ahora soy un joven como muchos otros en el mundo que habla de campañas mundiales y sobre temas que nos preocupan en general. Seguiré detenidamente lo que se diga y lo que pase en la Jornada Mundial de la Juventud (JMJ) para informarlos.

La JMJ es uno de los eventos más esperados por la iglesia católica en Brasil y en toda América Latina. Entre el 23 y 24 de julio millones de jóvenes del mundo entero se reunirán en Rio de Janeiro por una semana para compartir al lado del Papa pensamientos y oraciones. Caritas Brasil se ha estado preparando por meses para hacer de la JMJ una experiencia inolvidable.

Desde 13 al 16 de julio Caritas Brasil ha organizado el “Encuentro Internacional de jóvenes de Caritas” en Belo Horizonte. Los peregrinos de Caritas tendrán la oportunidad para prepararse espiritual y mentalmente para la JMJ con eucaristías, discutiendo temas globales como la campaña mundial de Caritas contra la pobreza y su tema sobre el derecho a la alimentación. También con actividades de convivencia simplemente para aprender a vivir mejor. Continue reading

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Dancing in the street

Caritas member organisations around the world are preparing for World Youth Day in Rio. Here’s what some young people who are going to WYD with Cafod (Caritas England and Wales) say:

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“Expect the unexpected” – World Youth Day with Pope Francis

Lilian Chan. Credit: Caritas Australia

Lilian Chan. Credit: Caritas Australia

What inspires young people to cross continents for a celebration of faith with Pope Francis? Lilian Chan, on line editor for Caritas Australia, tells us about the energy, diversity and unity to be found at World Youth Day.

One of the phrases I’ve most heard during my preparations for WYD is “to expect the unexpected”!

I am definitely looking forward to seeing Pope Francis. I’ve read a few of his addresses, and they have been so amazing and inspiring – he is simple to understand, but has such insight into the world and how we as Catholics fit in. He also shows such love and understanding of humanity when he speaks, which is so different to what we often hear in our world today.

The chance to see a pope from Latin America in Latin America will be really amazing. Most importantly, I’ve decided to go to WYD this year because I want to grow in my faith and have a stronger relationship with Christ.

I’ve had friends who have attended WYD overseas, and they’ve all come back with a renewed passion for their faith, so attending an overseas WYD has always been something I’ve thought about doing. I think one of the things which particularly attracted me to WYD in Brazil is that it’s such a predominately Catholic country, so I’m keen to experience the passion and dedication that people have for our faith.

As I’m going with my diocese group, I’ve been attending the formation sessions that they’ve run over the past few months. I’ve also been trying to do practical things to prepare, like finding out more about places, and trying to learn a tiny bit of Portuguese. In terms of preparing spiritually, we’ve had catecheses at the formation sessions, and I’ve also been trying to read the Bible a bit more often over the past few weeks.

We will be spending 4 days in Peru before WYD. The first day will be a pilgrimage to visit significant sites of St Rose of Lima and St Martin de Porres. Then we will be spending 3 days with the Houses of Hope – one of the Caritas programmes in Lima. For me, this was definitely one of the things which swayed me to sign up to WYD this year. Being relatively new at Caritas, I’m keen to see a Caritas programme in action. But even more so, I think the few days spending time with the poor will be a really important part of the pilgrimage experience.

I went to WYD in Sydney in 2008. It was a great experience – the thing that struck me most was the energy and passion of young people for our faith – it’s not something you see every day, especially in Sydney! I was also struck by the diversity of our faith – the different cultures, and different ways of expressing our faith; but yet also the universality – the one united faith which was really demonstrated in the final mass.

But I’ve been told that attending a WYD in your home city is nothing like attending one overseas, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what WYD in Rio will be like!

If you work for or volunteer for Caritas, we want to hear your World Youth Day stories from before and during the event. Write to hough@caritas.va or follow.

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Caritas’ bright future following Pope Francis to Brazil

A pilgrim prepares for WYD in Rio. All image rights reserved by the Comunications Department of WYD 2013

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.

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El futuro brillante de Caritas sigue al Papa Francisco a Brasil

A pilgrim prepares for WYD in Rio. All image rights reserved by the Comunications Department of WYD 2013

A pilgrim prepares for WYD in Rio. All image rights reserved by the Comunications Department of WYD 2013

Jornada Mundial de la Juventud, 23-28 de julio

Por Michelle Hough, comunicadora, Caritas Internationalis

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El Papa Francisco tiene ahora más seguidores en español que en inglés en Twitter (más de 2,5 millones de seguidores en cada uno de los idiomas).  Dado que se dice que hasta la tercera parte de los usuarios de Twitter tiene entre 15 y 25 años de edad, esta es una buena señal para la próxima Jornada Mundial de la Juventud que se llevará a cabo en el corazón de Latinoamérica, Brasil.

Se espera que unos dos millones de peregrinos se congregaran en Río de Janeiro, en donde se unirán al Papa Francisco en la playa de Copacabana y otros lugares para participar en varios eventos como catequesis, misas y una vigilia.  Yo estaré con ellos, poniéndome bronceador y cremas antienvejecimiento a ratos, y trabajando con mis colegas de Caritas Brasil para brindarles blogs, comunicados de prensa y fotografías a las 164 organizaciones que integran nuestra red mundial.

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