"Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28: 19).
World Youth Day is a youth-oriented, worldwide encounter with the Pope celebrated every three years in a different country. The event was started by Blessed Pope John Paul II as an effort to unite youth from around the world in the presence of the Eucharist, to help young people explore their faith and vocation in life. All Youth around the world will participate in this life changing event, which takes place this year from July 23-28, 2013 in Rio, Brazil.
The Archdiocese of Boston’s Office for New Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults (ONE) have organized a pilgrimage to World Youth Day with Cardinal Seán and over three hundred young people with their leaders.
To view the stories, photos, and profiles with Cardinal Seán and the Boston Pilgrims, please visit http://www.wydrioboston.com.
Background information from the ONE office is here: http://www.one4boston.org/wyd
You can also find resources, including graphics, here: http://www.rio2013.com/en
Official WYD Prayer:
Oh Father, You sent Your Eternal Son to save the world, and You chose men and women, so that through Him, with Him and in Him, they might proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to all nations. Grant us the necessary graces, so that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the joy of being the evangelists that the Church needs in the Third Millennium may shine in the faces of all young people.
Oh Christ, Redeemer of humanity, the image of Your open arms on the top of Corcovado, welcomes all people. In Your paschal offering, You led us, by the Holy Spirit, to encounter the Father as His children. Young people, who are nourished by Eucharist, who hear You in Your Word and meet You as their brother, need your infinite mercy to walk along the paths of this world as disciples and missionaries of the New Evangelization.
Oh Holy Spirit, Love of the Father and of the Son, with the splendor of Your Truth and the fire of Your Love, shed Your Light upon all young people so that, inspired by their experience at World Youth Day, they may bring faith, hope and charity to the four corners of the earth, becoming great builders of a culture of life and peace and catalysts of a new world.