|Statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio de Janeiro.|
On the evening of July 13, thousands of young people flocked to Rio de Janeiro for the release of the official World Youth Day prayer as preparations for next year's global youth event continue.
"The prayer was made so that, in a more intense and focused manner, people may pray for the intentions we have for this one-year countdown mark which is already drawing near," said Father Leandro Lenin, of the Pastoral Preparation Sector within the Local WYD Organization Committee in Rio.
The committee is overseen by Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro with the help of auxiliary bishops of Rio, priests, and lay people of the archdiocese.
For full story and the text of the prayer see The B.C. Catholic website.