WORLD YOUTH DAY

WYD 2013

WYD 2013 ran for six days concluding last Sunday when 3.2 million people gathered on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janiero for Mass with Pope Francis as presider. The City Mayor’s Office estimated the crowd, the biggest since World Youth Day in Manila in 1995 where 4.5 million attended the final Mass with Pope John Paul II. Pope Francis gave some challenging messages to the youth, including these words:

“We need saints without cassocks, without veils– we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies… and hang out with their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that look for time… to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things. We need saints– saints for the 21st century with a spirituality appropriate for our new time.”

See Final Mass for 3 million pilgrims below

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