As World Youth Day 2013 approaches, groups from Ireland and elsewhere, are well advanced in their plans to participate. At the end of October 2012 booking opened for the event which will be held from 23rd -28th July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the Tuam archdiocese young people hope to have ‘a World Youth Day
experience’. They will not go to Rio due to cost and safety reasons, so
instead they hope to take the Camino pilgrimage walk in Spain, finishing
in Santiago de Compostella. There is an information evening in
Castlebar on Wednesday 9th January where those interested can
familiarize themselves with the Camino and choose possible dates. It is
hoped that two groups of about a dozen people will travel.
Catholic Youth Care in the Dublin area hopes to take a group to Rio
and details are being finalized. While the MSC (Missionaries of the
Sacred Heart) have already organized a group and organizers and stated:
“We’ll join over 3,000,000 other young people from around the world
next for two week this coming July. WYD is a fantastic occasion for
people to gather together, to celebrate their faith, and have an
MSC have some Irish and English young people travelling including two
from St. Albans, two from Princethorpe College, one from Liverpool and
one from Drimoleague. They will travel with the pilgrimage from the
Archdiocese of Westminster. During the course of the event they will
also link in with other MSCs from Venezuela, Indonesia, Canada and
The WYD week includes a wide variety of activities and celebrations,
most of which is in the Copacabana Beach area. There will be afternoon
catechesis, tours of the local sights including the world famous Christ
the Redeemer, volleyball on the beach, open mike and concert sessions,
as well as a variety of liturgical celebrations and the final mass with
Magis Ireland is linking with the British Province of the Jesuits to
facilitate a joint group of 20 people to take part in MAGiS-WYD in
The British Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and
members of the Ignatian Family in Britain also hope to do a series of
MAGiS experiments with an ecology focus in Kent catering for a
maximum of 25 participants from the UK and Ireland (10 from Ireland).
They will then travel together to a faith festival for young adults with
a big screen link up with Rio de Janeiro.
The most recent announcement from Brazil by the WYD organisers is the
‘social legacy’ projects to tackle youth drug abuse in Brazil. One of
the projects, is the bus called "Passporte da Cidadania" (Citizenship
Passport), and another more long term action will work more objectively
with drug addicts.
The Episcopal Vicar for Social Charity, Manuel de Oliveira Manangão,
said that there is a need to start a process of prevention in parishes,
schools and communities in order to help young people to realize that
the drug use is pointless.
The project will also involve building a
network between both civil and catholic care groups involved in treating
people living with drugs.
“The network is a mechanism to easily refer a particular person
somewhere else. The third step is a triage centre. It will probably be
the Providence Clinic. It will focus, from now on, in a little more of
the reality of 'addiction' " Manuel de Oliveira Manangão explained.
The coordinator of the “Pastoral do Menor” (Under Age Pastoral),
Maria Christina Sa, who is part of the WYD Committee, said that
street-children are involved with drugs because they are seeking a sense
of fulfilment or belonging.
The special bus will be equipped with a
range of technologies, to promote the inclusion of these young people in
society. It will go to places where there is a higher concentration of
“In the bus, there will be IT technicians, social workers,
psychologists and educators ," said Maria Christina Sa.