Rio to celebrate one year WYD anniversary

One year ago, Rio de Janeiro started to welcome people from every part of the world for the largest event ever organised in the city, World Youth Day.

The world in union at Copacabana beach for the final Mass of WYD Rio 2013
The world in union at Copacabana beach for the final Mass of WYD Rio 2013

This time last year, the city was already filled with volunteers, who began meeting with the core team to work during the event. The fruits of that week with Pope Francis continue to be felt today. Compared with the World Cup, WYD was more expressive, joyful and well-behaved, as well as much bigger in terms of numbers, without rubbish and fights in the street. The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, said in that moment the city was filled with a force for good.

To commemorate this date, the Diocese of Rio de Janeiro has prepared a big programme, which started yesterday with a photographic exposition in the city centre. It is 40 banners with photos produced by volunteers of the event.

“The aim is to reawaken the beauty of the WYD experience. I’m sure that most of the people who pass by this place every day will have participated, in one way or another, in WYD”, said Cardinal Orani Tempesta.

World Youth Day

WYD happens every year in every diocese around the world, with a big international event every two or three years in a metropolitan city. It is a meeting with the young people of the world for a week of formation and prayer with the Pope. It started in John Paul II’s heart. The programme has catechesis with bishops, concerts, Mass, Way of the Cross, an overnight Vigil and much more.

Polish pilgrims celebrate the announcement of Krakow as the next host city of WYD
Polish pilgrims celebrate the announcement of Krakow as the next host city of WYD

In Rio de Janeiro, most of the big events were held at Copacabana Beach. The next WYD will be in Krakow, Poland, in 2016.