Closing Mass for Rio's World Youth Day largest since 1995 [CNA]

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 29, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Over three million Catholic pilgrims from around the world attended the final Mass at World Youth Day on Sunday, making the 2013 event the largest of its kind since 1995.

Crowds of pilgrims from dozens of countries thronged Copacabana Beach for the final World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis July 28.

The mayor’s office of Rio di Janeiro estimated that 3.2 million people attended the final World Youth Day Mass at Copacabana Beach.

Another 3 million people attended the prayer vigil with the Pope on Saturday, according to the mayor’s office and police estimates.

The 1995 World Youth Day Mass with Pope John Paul II, held in Manila in the Philippines, remains the most attended. An estimated 4 to 5 million people attended that event.

Over 350,000 pilgrims registered for the event, with more than 200,000 from Brazil. About 20,000 pilgrims registered from Argentina, the Pope’s home country.

At least 9,500 U.S. youth from 650 groups attended the event, the U.S. bishops’ conference reports. Thirty-six U.S. bishops attended, including Cardinals Timothy Dolan of New York and Sean O’Malley of Boston and Archbishops Samuel Aquila of Denver, Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee.

About two million attended World Youth Day events in Rome in 2000, while 1.6 million attended the global event at Czestochowa, Poland in 1991.

World Youth Day will return to Poland in 2016, when the city of Krakow will host. The first World Youth Day took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1987.

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Obrigado Brazil!

Ya know, I really DO wish that the secular press would realize when they announce the news about World Youth Day was that it was NOT for only Brazilian youth.

One of the 3 major television networks’ news program made a 30 second mention of a flash mob that was just to welcome Pope Francis. They said NOTHING about the fact that there were 3 million people there. They only said it was a few thousand people there on the beach.

At least Fox’s “The Five” – Ms. Perrino (a non-Catholic Christian) said that there were 3 million youth there. But she missed out on the fact that they were there that day for the MASS – and not just to flash mob the Pope. And that each day, all week, there’s been 28 different sessions of catechism. Many, many prayer sessions. Much, much singing events – planned and impromptu. Youth from all over the world who traveled far and under great effort just to get there. And at great cost and incredible planning. That there were 60,000 volunteers working on it worldwide for the last 2 years. That the WYD cross, itself, was brought around various places in the host country for the last 2 years until it arrived in Rio.

That there were about 3 million youth on the beach on Friday night for Stations of the Cross “prayer service.” With a multi-media presentation with live performances of the sequential stages of that “walk” all along the beach.

The amazing, amazing prayer service at the Saturday night vigil – there on the beach – with 3 million youth from all over the world.

I really wish that the news reporters would report what WYD is about – and not just for the people in the host country. That it’s a regular, international **multi-day **event that’s been going on since 1987.

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