Pope Francis greeting pilgrims along the Copacobana waterfront. Copyright: Caritas Brazil/Nando Zamban
By Michelle Hough, Caritas Internationalis communications officer in Rio de Janeiro
The Pope’s landing with his helicopter outside so I’m locked in the press centre in the military fort at the end of Copacabana beach. Meanwhile the Atlantic is looking pretty ferocious out of the window here and something like one million people are waiting on the beach, which is guarded by four battleships. Just your average day at work really.
The start to the day was much more mundane. During a failed attempt to find our president, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, doing a catechesis out in the vast suburbs of Rio (the venue had been changed at the last minute), I bumped in Shelley Bourgoyne from Development and Peace (Caritas Canada).
This turned out to be a very fortuitous meeting because we were able to discuss how to use social media in the confederation’s upcoming anti-poverty campaign. Continue reading
Caritas president, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga with young people at a previous World Youth Day in Australia. Credit: James Alcock
Greetings of hope to all Caritas friends from all over the world!
We are living a time of hope and good news. One of them is that World Youth Day will take place in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 23rd to 28th July.
We from Caritas Brazil want to meet and get to know other Caritas youth from around the world and from our own region. With that in mind, we will hold an International Meeting for the youth of Caritas on 14–15 July in the in the State of Minas Gerais. After that, the Missionary Week (prior to World Youth Day) will take place in several dioceses from 16th to 23rd July. The youth are invited to take part in both events to then travel to Rio de Janeiro on World Youth Day. Continue reading