XXVIIIth World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro - 2013

XXVIIIth World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro - 2013  

From 23 to 28 July in Rio de Janeiro the 28th World Youth Day will
be celebrated. On this occasion the Christ the Redeemer statue
will not only recall the most well-known and loved symbol of the
Brazilian city, but also the global meeting place of more than two
million young people expected to attend. The message released
the 18 October 2012 by Benedict XVI says “Christ’s open arms are
a sign of his willingness to embrace all those who come to him”.
The theme chosen for the event is “Go and make disciples of all
nations!” (cf. Mt 28:19), an exhortation to young people to evange-
lize, so that, as Blessed John Paul II noted, “faith is strengthened
when it is given to others”. Newly elected Pope Francis will be
there to welcome the young people from around the world, to pray
with them, to exchange views and to adore the Lord Jesus with
them. The Church always has need of the energy, strength, vitality
and ideas of young people. The renewal of the Church’s universal
mission has to involve and come through them. The celebration
of World Youth Day in a country where the majority of the popu-
lation is young marks a special occasion to strengthen this impor-
tant bond and unite in a common mission. The celebratory stamp
issued by the Philatelic Office depicts an image of the statue of
Christ the Redeemer on a sheet composed of ten stamps with the
logo of the event in the four corners.