World Youth Day 2013
Rio de Janero, Brazil
WYD Rio2013 English Anthem
WYD is an international event and its official anthem has been translated into different languages. The first foreign version was the Polish one, and now we also have the English version. Enjoy it!
After an incredible World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil we thought it would be good to gather all the highlights together and make them all accessible on this page!
Below are a selection of Blog articles, images and quotes from this momentous occasion where 3 million people gathered to join Pope Francis in giving glory to God!
Pope Francis says "I cannot offer silver or gold, but I can offer the most precious thing given to me....Jesus Christ."
The Pope visits the shrine of Brazil's treasured Our Lady of Aparecida and invites us to hear Mary who asks us to do as Jesus tells us.
Pope Francis makes a passionate plea to the youth ahead of the formal opening of World Youth Day in Rio
Pope draws in the crowds as World Youth Day formally gets underway!
The Pope joins around 2 million Catholic youth as they follow Christ's Passion in a humbling and moving event
The Pope tells World Youth Day that Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup!
In an incredible show of faith, 3 million people express their love for Jesus
The Pope calls on the Catholic youth to be revolutionaries, to rebel and swim against the tide in today's society
The Pope's final address before he flies to Rome and brings an end to a pulsating World Youth Day event in Rio
180 nations were represented at World Youth Day in Rio
Quotes to Remember from World Youth Day
"I come and knock gently on the door. I ask permission to spend a week with you. I have neither silver nor gold but I have the most precious thing given to me....Jesus Christ."
"Mary has opened the door of her house....and shows us her son. Now she asks us "do whatever he tells you"."
“I would like to tell you what my expectations are regarding this World Youth Day; I would like us to make noise, I would like those inside the Dioceses to go out into the open; I want the Church to be in the streets; I want us to defend ourselves against all that is worldliness, comfort, being closed and turned within"
"In you I see the beauty of Christ’s young face and I am filled with joy."
"This week Rio has become the centre of the Church, its heart both youthful and vibrant, because you have responded generously and courageously to the invitation that Christ has made to you to be with him and to become his friends."
“Put on Christ! in your life, and you will find a friend in whom you can always trust; “put on Christ” and you will see the wings of hope spreading and letting you journey with joy towards the future; “put on Christ” and your life will be full of his love; it will be a fruitful life."
"Certainly, possessions, money and power can give a momentary thrill, the illusion of being happy, but they end up possessing us and making us always want to have more, never satisfied."
"Do not be afraid to ask God’s forgiveness! He never tires of forgiving us, like a father who loves us. God is pure mercy!"
“teach us to start building from the foundations Lord, and not from the roof. If we fall Lord, let us never be far from you.”
Young Couple talking about Love and their Relationship
"sickness is my cross now....as it takes me, I prepare to meet you Lord.”
Young man who is suffering from terminal cancer
"Jesus tells us to have courage! You do not have to carry your cross alone! I carry it with you.”
“Jesus has transformed the Cross from an instrument of hate, defeat and death into a sign of love, victory and life.”
“Jesus teaches us always to always look upon others with mercy and tenderness, especially those who suffer, who are in need of help, who need a word or a concrete action which requires us to step outside ourselves to meet them and to extend a hand to them.”
“Jesus offers us something bigger than the World Cup! He offers us the possibility of a fulfilled and fruitful life; he also offers us a future with him, an endless future, eternal life. But he asks us to get in shape….How do we get in shape? By talking to him; by prayer, which is our daily conversation with God, who always listens to us. By the sacraments, which make his life grow within us and confirm us to Christ. By loving one another, learning to listen, to understand, to forgive, to be accepting and to help others, everybody, with no one excluded or ostracized. Dear young people, be true ‘athletes of Christ!”
"I encourage them, in an orderly, peaceful and responsible manner, motivated by the values of the Gospel, to continue overcoming apathy and offering a Christian response to social and political concerns present in their countries.”
Pope Francis on protests taking place around the world where people are seeking a more just and fraternal society
"The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more receptive, more welcoming. It is for everyone. Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent. The Lord seeks all, he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love."
"Evangelizing means bearing personal witness to the love of God, it is overcoming our selfishness, it is serving by bending down to wash the feet of our brethren, as Jesus did."
"Bringing the Gospel is bringing God’s power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world. Jesus Christ is counting on you! The Church is counting on you! The Pope is counting on you! May Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always accompany you with her tenderness: “Go and make disciples of all nations”."
“With your smiles, your acts of kindness and your willingness to serve, you have shown that “it is more blessed to give than to receive"."
"Some are called to holiness through family life in the sacrament of Marriage. Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion; in a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of “enjoying” the moment. They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, “for ever”, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes that you are incapable of responsibility, that you are incapable of true love. I have confidence in you and I pray for you. Have the courage “to swim against the tide”. Have the courage to be happy."
"The Lord calls some to be priests, to give themselves to him more fully, so as to love all people with the heart of the Good Shepherd. Some he calls to the service of others in the religious life: devoting themselves in monasteries to praying for the good of the world, and in various areas of the apostolate, giving of themselves for the sake of all, especially those most in need. I will never forget that day, 21 September – I was 17 years old – when, after stopping in the Church of San José de Flores to go to confession, I first heard God calling me. Do not be afraid of what God asks of you! It is worth saying “yes” to God. In him we find joy!"
"Dear friends, I thank you once more for all you have done during these days. Do not forget what you have experienced here! You can always count on my prayers, and I know I can count on yours."
"We would like to be miracles in the lives of others, like Jesus Christ"
Millions on Copacabana beach conclude WYD
A Saturday night vigil and Sunday morning Mass concluded WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro.