Archive for April, 2013

Fun Facts

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Fun Fact #1
Rio de Janeiro’s is nicknamed Cidade Maravilhosa (The Marvelous City).

Fun Fact #2
Rio de Janeiro means River of January in Portuguese.

Fun Fact #3
Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s second largest city. Sao Paulo is the first.

Fun Fact #4
Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil for almost two centuries from 1763 to 1960 when it was moved to Brasilia.

Fun Fact #5
Rio de Janeiro natives are called Cariocas (care-ree-o-cas). (more…)

Second Formation Meeting

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

The second in the Paro1 formations took place at the White House in West Tamworth. Pilgrims had an opportunity to reflect on the WYD Patrons and Intercessors. Carlo connected the dots about the Intercessors and saints all being public witnesses to the Gospel. They have been chosen in part as witnesses to the WYD theme of Making Disciples of all people.


Saturday, April 6th, 2013

April 2, 2013 (From During the next few years Brazil will host three major international events: First in line is World Youth Day 2013, then the World Cup 2014 and finally the Olympics in 2016.

As of now, it seems like World Youth Day will bring the most number of people. The city of Rio is getting ready, but at first local authorities didn’t think it would attract so many people.

Prefect, Congregation for Consecrated Life
“The World Cup and the Olympics were assigned to Brazil a while back. Local authorities were busy planning these events which will attract from 200 to 300,000 people. So when they heard that 1 million, 1.5 or even 2 million people would come to World Youth Day, they had a hard time believing it. How is it possible, they asked? Now they understand that this is a big event that needs a lot of preparation.”

So precisely to get ready, collaboration among the government, the city and WYD organizers is quite good. Even so, some logistical problems are inevitable.

Prefect, Congregation for Consecrated Life
“One of the problems I’ve seen and heard about is the issue of transportation. There coming and going of buses will be massive, just like the crowds of people. So the question is, how to manage this? They are working very hard on it.”

Rio has a single tunnel that connects one part of city to the other, which will make it complicated for pilgrims to get around. Parking is another challenge. But organizers say, overcoming these challenges are welcomed, as long as World Youth Day 2013 is memorable for those attending.

Payments Dues

Friday, April 5th, 2013

With around 100 days to go before we celebrate Mass with Pope Francis it’s a timely reminder that we need to be all paid up by 8 April.

If you have forgotten how, go into the Harvest site, click on the WYD button. When screen opens up right at the top you will see a pilgrim log in button. Hit that. Enter your email and password and pay by either options offered.

CSO staff will be reimbursed 1/3 the cost of registration.

Any problems give Lee a call, you know his number.

Copacabana Beach to host three Central Acts during Rio 2013

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The white sand and busy sidewalk of Copacabana beach are going to receive over a million pilgrims for World Youth Day in July, where three of the five Central Acts will take place. The Central Acts are the main events in the WYD schedule. The ones which will take place at Copacabana Beach are:

23 July: the Opening Mass with the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, Dom Orani João Tempesta

25 July: the Papal Welcoming Ceremony

26 July: the Stations of the Cross of the Youth, which will also take place with the Holy Father

Therefore, we would like to give you more information about one of the most famous beaches in the world:

Copacabana Beach is over 4Km long; along side it runs the Atlântica Avenue, home of many hotels, restaurants and opportunities to have fun. At the end of the beach is the “Forte de Copacabana” ( Copacabana Fort).

The Rio locals (known as “Cariocas”) affectionately call the beach the “Princesinha do Mar” (Little Princess of the Sea), from a popular Brazilian song by João de Barro and Alberto Ribeiro. Copacabana beach is located in a neighbourhood bearing the same name, in the south of Rio de Janeiro. Copacabana has designated places to lock bicycles, a cycleway, kiosks, hotels and restaurants, which receive lots of visitors during the day and night. It also has two military forts – one at each end of the beach – which are opened to visitors.

The gorgeous sidewalk of Atlântica Avenue is made up of black and white Portuguese stones, which take the form of a beautiful wave-shaped mosaic. It was inspired by the sidewalk of Lisbon and designed by the architect and landscapist Roberto Burle Marx.

Copacabana beach is home to the largest “Festa de Réveillon” (New Year’s party) on the planet, regularly attracting over three million people. The beach is also home to big events such as the Pan-American Games of Rio 2007, beach football (soccer) world championships and volleyball world championships.

Copacabana is home to the Igreja Nossa Senhora de Copacabana e Santa Rosa de Lima (Church of Our Lady of Copacabana and Saint Rose of Lima). The history of the church can be traced back to the 16th century, to an area in the Andes mountain range called Copacabana. A descendant of the royal Inca family, Francisco Tito Yupanqui, laid an image of Our Lady of Candelária at the altar of a local church. This image became famous for the numerous miracles that began to occurr there. In the 19th century, a copy of the image made its way to the Brazilian Church, which is where this area of Rio, and its famous beach, got its name.

Information from: the “Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro” (the Prefecture of the City of Rio de Janeiro)