BY Ian Dunn | May 7 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print


Holy Father includes slum visit in his WYD plans

Pope Francis will visit one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, or slums, during his weeklong visit to Brazil for World Youth Day (WYD), his first foreign trip since his election.

The Vatican today released the Holy Father’s itinerary for the July 22-29 trip to the world’s largest Catholic country, which will coincide with celebrations around the world, including Scotland’s Rio at Stirling University.

On Thursday July 25 the Pope is to visit a community in Varginha in the Manguinhos neighbourhood of north Rio de Janeiro.

The Pope is to depart for WYD from Rome’s Ciampino Airport on July 22 and arrive in Rio de Janeiro around 4pm local time. The welcoming ceremony will take place an hour later in the gardens of the Guanabara Palace, seat of the state’s government, where the Pope will be received by the Brazilian president.

The Holy Father will reside at the Sumare Residence in Rio de Janeiro Until Wednesday July 24. The next evening the Pope is invited to a a welcoming ceremony by the youth along the Copacabana beachfront.

On Friday, July 26, the Pope will hear the Confession of some of the young people participating in the WYD before meeting with a group of  juvenile detainees in the St Joaquim Palace of the Archbishop.

The next day the 28th WYD will open with Mass celebrated with bishops and with priests, religious, and seminarians in Rio de Janeiro’s St Sebastian Cathedral. At 7.30pm, a prayer vigil will be held with the youth at the Campus Fidei of Guaratiba.

On Sunday, 28 July, the Pope will celebrate Mass for the 28th WYD at the Campus Fidei.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert is leading a pilgrimage to World Youth Day from Aberdeen Diocese, and a group is going from Glasgow University. However, many more young Scottish Catholics will be present in spirit when they attend Scotland’s Rio at Stirling University Campus, Stirling, from Thursday July 25 to Sunday July 28.

If you want to attend Scotland’s Rio, contact your diocese youth office as soon as possible.


—For full Papal WYD itinerary, click here.


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