World Youth Day

Pope Francis tells over 3m young Catholics "Go, do not be afraid, and serve"

29/07/2013 9:01 am

Pope Francis embraces a young man at World Youth Day, Rio in 2013

World Youth Day: 22-28 July

Addressing over three million young pilgrims in what is said to have been the biggest live event ever held in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis offered three simple ideas in his final World Youth Day homily.

"Go, do not be afraid, and serve" said Pope Francis - echoing God's words to Jeremiah. The Holy Father called on the young Catholics and the priests accompanying them to take the Gospel message away from the excitement of World Youth Day and to proclaim the Lord's word:

"The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy that is so characteristic of you. A great Apostle of Brazil, Blessed José de Anchieta, set off on the mission when he was only nineteen years old. Do you know what the best tool is for evangelizing the young? Another young person. This is the path to follow!"

Concluding his homily, Pope Francis said he was counting on the young Catholics to 'make disciples of all nations' - the very theme of World Youth Day, Rio:

"Bringing the Gospel is bringing God’s power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world."

Earlier, before reciting the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father announced the next destination for World Youth Day. In 2016, Krakòw, Poland's second largest city, will host the event.

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WYD @ home

For those young people who couldn't make it to Rio, there were two 'WYD @ home' events. One event was held in the north and one in the south. The ‘Rio comes to Kent’ Brightlights festival took place at Aylesford Priory and ‘Rio’s coming to Castlerigg’ was celebrated in Keswick, Cumbria.

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Liverpool

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Westminster

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Birmingham

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Homily: Closing Mass

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Pope Francis preached his homily to over three million young people at the final Mass for World Youth Day 2013, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 28 July 2013.

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An audio report from Rio focusing on the overnight vigil heading into the final events of World Youth Day 2013. This report from Westminster pilgrim Jo-Anne Rowney. Please note: as this report was recorded on Copacabana Beach, the background noise is loud.   wyd-rowney-pod.mp3 2.55 MB