A week of hope and inspiration
Affectionately dubbed “Hurricane Francis”, by local media, Pope Francis took Brazil by storm during his week-long stay this past week in Rio de Janeiro as he presided over “World Youth Day - 2013”. This year’s theme was “Go and make disciples of all nations”, and everywhere he went, massive crowds of the faithful, both young and old greeted the Pope with shouts of joy, and listened intently to his message of hope, inspiration and concern for the poor.
For the Saturday evening vigil at the famous Copacabana Beach, over one million pilgrims, mostly young people, crowded the beach for and evening of prayer, spiritual guidance from the Holy Father, and great music. The Brazilians really know to produce an inspirational show, the best I have ever seen. By Sunday morning, for the closing Mass and ceremony, the youthful crowd had swelled to over three million. It was noted by the civil authorities how well behaved and trouble free all the young people were. The major media took very little notice of this event. However, the Internet, YouTube, etc, is full of videos of this youthful celebration.
Three million people attend World Youth Day closing Mass on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)
youtube.com/watch?v=fKJaJ6RtTHM Saturday EVENING VIGIL- WORLD YOUTH DAY - 2013
new.livestream.com/wydcentral2013/events/2285127/videos/25771536 Pope meets with volunteers
new.livestream.com/accounts/662353/events/2285127 Popes departure