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Sing the song of life in the world says pope

HONG KONG (SE): World Youth Day 2013 ended in spectacular fashion as around three million people shoehorned themselves onto the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, drinking in the last few words to be uttered by the first bishop of Rome from Latin America, Pope Francis, on his first return to his native continent.

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Pope Francis set for World Youth Day

 

VATICAN (SE): At the beginning of this year, one strange omen that did appear is that World Youth Day was the only thing entered on Pope Benedict XVI’s international itinerary.

Then, as a consequence of his February 11 announcement of his pending resignation, it was scratched out of the dairy.

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See you next time in Rio de Janeiro

HONG KONG (SE): “Go and make disciples of all nations,” Pope Benedict XVI announced as the theme of the next World Youth Day to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 18 to 23, one year ahead of schedule in 2013, in order not to clash with the World Cup Soccer to be staged in the same city one year later.

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The journey of the soul on pilgrimage at World Youth Day in Spain

MADRID (SE): “Today is really a thanksgiving day for me. Lots of tears and reflection, especially during the adoration of the blessed sacrament. And lots of new learning experiences about life skills and relationships for group living on a pilgrimage,” one delegate from Hong Kong to World Youth Day said as her group arrived in Madrid from Crenca for the official August 16 opening Mass.








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World Youth Day is a microcosm of today’s Catholicism amidst the secular

HONG KONG (SE): Although World Youth Day has become a repetitive event and, even though it stretches over a whole week and still hangs onto the misnomer of day, which derived from the initial single-day celebration launched by Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1985, it remains a call to young Catholics the world over to carry their Catholic identity with pride.

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