3.2 Million Pilgrims Celebrate Mass at World Youth Day

Posted: August 2, 2013

Reports from Brazil indicate that 3.2 million pilgrims filled the beaches of Copacabana to celebrate the Closing Mass of World Youth Day with Pope Francis. Coming from all over the world, youth flocked to Rio de Janeiro, a city at the heart of South America where the majority of the world’s Catholics reside.

In an interview with Catholic News Service, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York gave his impressions of the event, indicating that the event “works” because it recognizes the concept that our faith “needs company.” We need to know we aren’t by ourselves. With 3.2 million around them, those pilgrims who attended got that company in spades!

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