Saturday, 9 February 2013

Brazil - World Youth Day 2013

In 2013, World Youth Day will be celebrated in Brazil after being hosted in Madrid approximately two years  ago. "While the event itself celebrates the Catholic faith, the invitation to attend extends to all youth, regardless of religious convictions." (source wiki)  World Youth Day is not associated
with International Youth Day or any of the international observance days.

This year the theme of WYD is "Go and make disciples of all nations (Mt 28:19)". The World Youth Day events have been spaced three years apart since 2002, but the Rio de Janeiro World Youth Day will be held in 2013. Father Lombardi said the change was made to avoid the youth event coinciding with the FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Brazil in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games will be also held in the city.

To understand one aspect of  the importance of World Youth Day, some knowledge of the history would  assist.

History of World Youth Day

In 1984 the International Jubilee for the Young was celebrated by John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in a celebration that also marked the close of the Holy Year of Redemption. At this gathering the Holy Father entrusted youth with what is now known as the World Youth Day (WYD) Cross - one of the most important symbols of WYD.

The UN declared 1985 the first “International Youth Year” and to celebrate it the Holy Father welcomed youth from all over the world in Rome on Palm Sunday. In December of the same year he announced the institution of World Youth Day. It is celebrated annually at the diocesan level on Palm Sunday in Rome and at a week-long event internationally every two to three years. Here are links to some of the World Youth Days of the past

See the attached links for  the history and details on the local organising committee.

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