World Youth Day News

  • All the Highlights from WYD2013 Available On-Demand - 2 August 2013
    World Youth Day 2013 in Rio has come to a close! But you can still catch up on all the action that you may have missed by accessing Xt3’s WYD webcasts on-demand at! We will also continue to post updates from pilgrims in coming days on our WYD blog page – including an exclusive interview with Cardinal George Pell about his World Youth Day experience.
  • World Youth Day Rio in Numbers - 2 August 2013
    After a highly successful event, organizers for World Youth Day in Brazil have released final attendance numbers, with two of the days surpassing the 3 million mark. In all over 3.5 million pilgrims took part in the events for WYD, even though only 427,000 pilgrims registered. Attendance increased as the week went on. On Tuesday, July 23, 600,000 people participated. However, by that Friday, the number of pilgrims swelled to 2 million, peaking at 3.5million for the final Mass!
  • Pope Francis: Next WYD in Krakòw, Poland 2016 - 28 July 2013
    It’s official: the next venue for World Youth Day celebrations will be Krakòw, Poland. Pope Francis made the announcement in Rio de Janeiro Sunday, the final day of his week-long pastoral visit to Brazil for WYD 2013.
  • Pope Francis' Address, WYD Stations of the Cross, 26 July 2013 - 28 July 2013
    "I have three questions that I hope will echo in your hearts this evening as you walk beside Jesus: What have you left on the Cross, dear young people of Brazil, during these two years that it has been crisscrossing your great country? What has the Cross of Jesus left for you, in each one of you? Finally, what does this Cross teach us?" Click here to read the full text of Pope Francis' address at the WYD Stations of the Cross!
  • Official Welcome Ceremony for Pope Francis - 25 July 2013
    After his arrival at the WYD2013 Welcoming Ceremony in Copacabana, Pope Francis was officially welcomed by the Archbishop of Rio, João Orani Tempesta. The Pope gave a speech in which he thanked everyone for the warm welcome he received, but also his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for having summoned the meeting. The Pope also encouraged the youths to put their trust in Christ, and to make Him the center of their lives. Read the full text of the Pope's Welcome Speech as well as his Homily on Copacabana Beach on Xt3!
  • Pope Visits Brazilian Slum, Blesses Parish Altar - 25 July 2013
    Pope Francis visited a Brazilian slum, just outside of Rio de Janeiro. As he was making his way through the city's streets, crowds rushed alongside the popemobile, hoping to greet him. Watch a replay of the event at
  • BREAKING NEWS: Change of Venue for WYD Final Mass - 25 July 2013
    Closing Mass WYD not at Campus Fidei, due to rain now the Mass will be at Copacabana Beach. Visit this article to read more.
  • Full Text of Pope Francis’ Homily - Mass at Aparecida Shrine - 24 July 2013
    "Let us encourage the generosity which is typical of the young and help them to work actively in building a better world. Young people are a powerful engine for the Church and for society. They do not need material things alone; also and above all, they need to have held up to them those non-material values which are the spiritual heart of a people, the memory of a people." Read the full homily here...
  • Homily of Archbishop Tempesta at Opening Mass of WYD Rio - 24 July 2013
    "We are starting World Youth Day Rio 2013! You are all welcome! This wonderful city has become even more beautiful with your presence! A great joy invades us: you are here! You have come from all over the earth! During these days, this will be home to all of you! You are part of our family in this beautiful and important moment in history!" Read the full homily here...
  • Copacabana Kickoff for WYD - Opening Mass - 24 July 2013
    Massive crowds gathered on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro July 23 to celebrate the beginning of World Youth Day 2013. A full replay of the Opening Mass will be avilable on-demand shortly at

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