Thursday, July 25, 2013

400,000 brave wind, rain on Copacabana beach

Pilgrims gather for WYD's opening ceremony
Young people carry the World Youth Day cross during the event's opening ceremony on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro July 23. CNS Photo / Paul Haring.
Police watch over the crowd as pilgrims gather on the beach. A Brazilian navy vessel can be seen in the distance. CNS. Photo / Ricardo Moraes, Reuters.
A story from Catholic News Service by Lise Alves reported that World Youth Day officially opened with a Mass celebrated by Rio Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta. Despite the rain and cold winds, youths were enthusiastic to see the pilgrim cross carried to the main stage by other young people.
The mosaic of hundreds of national flags waving in the cold wind on Copacabana beach was symbolic, as pilgrims from all backgrounds, driven by a single faith, participated in the opening Mass for World Youth Day.

"We come from different cultures, speak different languages, but we sing the same songs and have the same faith," said Nancy Issa of Ramallah, West Bank. Issa and 20 other Palestinians came to Brazil for the July 23-28 events.

Full article available here.

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