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WYD 2013


As the world youth Day /Week progresses, we pray for the youth gathered around our Pope Francis in Brazil. May his first international trip to the world’s largest Catholic country of the World be blessed with safety and abundant blessings.

May his charismatic personality and speech, touch and move the hearts of those gathered and others who participate through the media.

The theme of World Youth Day: “Go and make disciples of all nations”, inviting the young to be missionaries: “This week Rio has become the centre of the Church, its heart both youthful and vibrant”, he said. “You have come from all over the world to share together in the faith and the joy of being disciples and missionaries in all nations. Everywhere, youthful enthusiasm is shown in the faces of young Christians, who wish to unite the testimony of an authentic and Christian life with the social dimension of the Gospel. … We are called to be agents for a new world. I am sure that you will do this in your cities and countries. The world needs young people like you”.

250 bishops from all five continents will deepen the themes of World Youth Day in three mornings of catechesis on the following themes: “thirst for hope, thirst for God” (Wednesday 24 July), “being a disciple of Christ” (Thursday 25) and on “being a missionary: now go!” (Friday 26). The catechesis sessions will take place in 300 distinct locations.

  "Let us pray that World Youth Day increases our young people's love of Christ, for they are the hope of tomorrow, in openness and wonder, in faith and spontaneity," Auxiliary bishop Angelo Gracias of Mumbai prayed.


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