Tuesday, July 23, World Youth Day Rio 2013 kicks off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The theme for this six-day gathering of Catholic youth from around the world is "Go Make Disciples of all Nations." This is Pope Francis’ first World Youth Day as Pontiff and he’s granted Plenary Indulgence for those participating in this event – even for those who will be staying home and watching it on television. The Vatican released a decree two weeks ago announcing the Pope will grant it during the July 22-29 event in Rio de Janeiro.
“The young people and the faithful who are adequately prepared will obtain the Plenary Indulgence, once a day and under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer in accordance with the intentions of the Holy Father), applicable also to the souls of deceased faithful,” states the decree published July 9.
The document adds that people who cannot attend World Youth Day can receive it “under the usual spiritual, sacramental and prayer conditions, in a spirit of filial submission to the Roman Pontiff.” But this means they must participate “in the sacred functions on the days indicated, following the same rites and spiritual exercises as they occur via television or radio or, with due devotion, via the new means of social communication.”
To read more about the Plenary Indulgence decree, please click here.
Here are ways to participate in World Youth Day 2013:
Just about all of the above listed websites have videos and other multimedia areas of interest. Check it out! Be sure to share this information with the youth and young adults in your life.
Most importantly, the faithful can join in prayer for a safe pilgrimage for those traveling to Rio de Janeiro and for our youth. Below is the prayer written especially for this magnificent worldly event.
World Youth Day 2013 - Official Prayer
O Father, You sent Your Eternal Son to save the world and chose men and women, through Him, with Him and in Him, to proclaim the Good News to all nations. Grant us the graces necessary so that joy may shine in the faces of all young people, the joy of being, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the evangelists the Church needs in the Third Millennium.
O Christ, Redeemer of humanity, the image of Your open arms on the top of Corcovado welcomes all people. In Your paschal offering, You brought us by the Holy Spirit to an encounter of sonship with the Father. Young people, who are fed by Eucharist, hear You in Your Word and meet You as their brother, need your infinite mercy to run the paths of the world missionary-disciples of the New Evangelization.
O Holy Spirit, Love of the Father and the Son, with the splendor of Your Truth and the fire of Your Love, send Your Light to all young people so that, driven by their experience of World Youth Day, they may bring to the four corners of the world faith, hope and charity, becoming great builders of a culture of life and peace and catalysts of a new world.