Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Bognor Rio - A&B Youth at World Youth Day in Brazil

Bognor Rio Pilgrims with Cardinal George Pell of Sydney 
A group of young people from Bognor Regis parish took part in the recent World Youth Day event in Rio de Janeiro led by Pope Francis. Jessica Hancock, Lydia Hothersall, Bethan Townsend, and Dominic Townsend attended the week long event with their leaders Teresa Lucas and Fr. Paul Turner. They took along with them the Sussex flag of the six marlets which attracted a lot of interest from other young pilgrims. They also handed out to the fellow pilgrims from other nations small Great British flags, mementos of Bognor Regis and St Richard of Chichester prayer cards.

World Youth Day is an international Catholic event that takes place every two or three years, Over 500,000 pilgrims travelled from 175 countries to join in with the Brazilian young people in the week long celebration of faith. By the end of the week over three million attended the Saturday evening Vigil and Sunday Mass. The theme of World Youth Day was “Go and make disciples of all the nations” (Mathew 28:19). Pope Francis told the young pilgrims gathered on Copacabana Beach “It was wonderful to live the faith together with young people from the four corners of the earth, but now you must go and must pass on this experience to others.”

The pilgrims from Bognor Regis were not only able to share their faith with young people throughout the world they were able to enjoy the culture and sights of Rio de Janeiro including the visits to the statue of Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain from where the Sussex flag proudly flew!

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