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World Youth Day - Frequently Asked Questions


World Youth Day pilgrims outside a metro stop in near Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

Question: What are the names and dates of each WYD 2013 event?

  • Tuesday, July 23 @ 6pm: World Youth Day Opening Mass on Copacabana Beach with the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro
  • Wednesday, July 24 through Friday, July 26 @ 9am each morning:  Morning Catechesis and Mass in different languages at locations around Rio; (catechesis is given and mass is celebrated by cardinals and bishops from around the world)
  • Wednesday, July 24, through Friday, July 26: Youth Festival (concerts, talks, exhibits, and music at select locations around Rio)
  • Thursday, July 25 @ 6pm: Papal Welcome Ceremony on Copacabana Beach
  • Friday, July 26 @ 6pm: Way of the Cross {Via Crucis} on Copacabana Beach (along the Via Atlantica)
  • Saturday, July 27 @ 7:30pm: Evening Candlelight Vigil with Pope Francis at the Campus Fidei Site (Guaratiba, Brazil)
  • Sunday, July 28 @ 10am: Morning Papal Mass, followed by the Angelus at the Campus Fidei Site (Guaratiba, Brazil)

Question: How will pilgrims travel to the closing site?

  • The closing Vigil and Papal Mass site is located at the Campus Fidei (Field of Faith) in Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro. It is approximately 32 miles outside of Rio de Janeiro city. The use of private coach buses will not be permitted in Rio during WYD 2013. However, committees in Rio are currently working to coordinate the use of public transit to transport pilgrims to a location near the Guaratiba venue and from the drop off location there will be a several mile journey (by foot) to the site. The costs of public transportation to WYD event sites is included in the pilgrim registration fee.

Question: How can I get a WYD 2013 visa free of charge?

Question: Which airline should I choose?

  • We suggest you do a thorough online search of airfare deals and specials to find the best price possible. USCCB policy prohibits the endorsement of one airline over another. However, a good price for this event would be between $1,600 and $1,900 (US Dollars)

Question: What sort of lodging and accommodations will be made available for pilgrims?

  • Groups will be in separate housing according to gender. No one is allowed to register any one group larger in number than 50. This number includes the leader(s). Once a group is at 50 you are asked to create subgroups. To do this, use the same leader information for each group and subgroup in order to make sure your group will be housed together.

Question: How do I pack?! What should I bring?

  • Try to pack as lightly as possible, only bring the essentials. Here is a video from WYD 2011 that should give first time pilgrims an idea of How To Pack for WYD.


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