|Reuters photo of Pope Francis meeting Brazil President Dilma Rousseff|
“I am here to meet young people coming from all
over the world, drawn to the open arms of Christ
the Redeemer. They want to find a refuge in his
embrace, close to his heart, to listen again to his
clear and powerful appeal: ‘Go and make disciples of all
These are the words of Pope Francis during the welcoming
ceremony from his arrival in Rio de Janeiro yesterday to
begin World Youth Day.
(For a full text of
the Pope’s comments, go to the following link from Vatican
WYD has actually become a week of activities,
having taken place in several countries worldwide since John Paul
II initiated the tradition in 1986. Events in Rio this
week will continue through Sunday, July 28, 2013, with closing
ceremonies. To see live coverage on EWTN, click here
for more information.
Some of our own Legionaries, consecrated women and
Regnum Christi laity are attending the events, including Brother Antonio
Lemos LC who has been blogging on Regnum Christi
Live about his experiences. Click here for his latest
installment, and keep checking in for more to come.