World Youth Day (WYD) 2013, convoked by Pope Benedict XVI
in Rio de Janeiro, is still nine months away, but
in parishes and dioceses throughout the world, you can sense
an atmosphere of preparation. Regnum Christi,alongwith other apostolic movements,are gearing
up to participate in this landmark event of the Year
of the Faith. We interviewed TalitaAlvez, Consecrated member of Regnum
Christi , who is collaborating in the organization of the
participation of the members of Regnum Christi in this WYD.
Talita was born in Rio de Janeiro on the 19th
of June in 1983. She was a member of Mission
Youth and she became a member of Regnum Christi in
2004. In 2007 she went to Chile as a .
She entered the consecrated life of Regnum Christi on June
What activities will Regnum Christi organize at World Youth
Day in Rio? Where can you find all the necessary
also be a stand for vocations (similar to the Vocation
Coffee House in pastWYD) and we are looking into having
an opening event with music and testimonies for members of
Regnum Christi. ECYD is also putting an activity together that
will be geared towards boys. Currently, you can find all
the general information for the WYD on the official website
prepared for that purpose (www.rio2013.com). Also the Regnum Christi
sections in Brazil have launched a Facebook page to invite
young people who want to attend, organize activities and channel
information (www.facebook.com/RCWYD2013) and we are preparing our own website
for this purpose. On these sites you can find videos,
testimonies, music, etc.
There will be a closing Mass. There will
What do you hope that the WYD in
Rio will represent for the youth of the world and
for the Church in Brazil?
I was in the
WYD of 2005 in Germany and 2011 in Madridand it
was a powerful experience of Christ with so many people
of different nationalities. One could really experience the faith of
all those people and their self-giving to God in those
days. At the WYD of 2005 I heard God´s call
to consecrated life, so these events mean a lot to
me. They let me relive the moment of my call
from God and renew my decision to offer my life
to Him. WYD in Rio shoulddo a lot of good
for young people who have many other interests. Seeing the
faith of others can be an opportunity to know Christ
and change their lives. It will be a moment of
great renewal for the Church. In Brazil, especially in the
parishes, Movements are very strong,but I think seeing the Pope
and so many Catholics from around the world will help
us all have a more global view of the Church.
Moreover, Christ has a lot to do in every heart.
It is a time of great grace where He acts
and fruits are abundant.
Who is the WYD for? For young
people who want to have an experience of faith? For
those who seek the meaning of life?
For those who still seek to find meaning in life,
it will offer a firm point that they can rely
on. At WYD it is it is easy to see
how Christ is the only center and rock in the
lives of many young people. It is also for those
who already have Christ at the center of their lives.
They will live an experience of sharing their faith that
will change their lives.
What is your experience in
organizing the participation of Regnum Christi in WYD?
is a joy to be here supporting Regnum Christi in
my city, but especially to have this be a part
of my mission as a consecrated woman. As I said
before, WYD helped me find my vocation, so I love
being able to support and help other young people find
this personal call from God.