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WYD theme for Rio announced

"Go and Make Disciples of All Nations" is theme for the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro is, reports the Catholic News Service.

WYD theme for Rio announced
Image of Brazilian pilgrims at the WYD in Madrid

August 25, 2011

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Pope Benedict announced that the 2013 World Youth Day theme for Rio de Janeiro is "Go and Make Disciples of All Nations", reports the Catholic News Service. The pontiff described his trip to Madrid for World Youth Day "extraordinary days". "It was a very moving church event," he said. "Almost two million young people from every continent joyfully lived the formidable experience of brotherhood, encounters with the Lord, sharing and growing in the faith. "I thank God for this precious gift, which gives hope for the future of the church," he said. He described World Youth Day 2011 as a "stupendous manifestation of faith" and a special occasion for young Catholics "to reflect, dialogue, exchange positive experiences and, especially, to pray together, and to renew their commitment to living their lives rooted in Christ, the faithful friend." FULL STORY At audience, pope announces themes for coming WYD celebrations (Catholic News Service) PHOTO CREDIT Image from Flickr pictures on
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