By Patricia Maresch, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Pope Benedict XVI announced Sunday to thousands of young Roman Catholics at the close of this year’s event in Madrid, “I am pleased now to announce that the next World Youth Day will be held in 2013, in Rio de Janeiro.” Pope Benedict XVI, photo by Sergey Gabdurakhmanov/Flickr Creative Commons License. Mayor Eduardo Paes and Governor Sergio Cabral were in Madrid for the Pope’s announcement. Paes believes the event can gather even more participants to Rio than the World Cup in 2014. “It’s a huge event and it excites me thinking of the proportion of faithful people who will be coming together in our city,” Paes said. “”From an economic standpoint, it’s amazing.” Cabral added. “From youth hostels, churches and hotels to the streets, the museums and sights, it will all be full,” said the governor. Brazil is a country with a Catholic majority. Expectations are that around four million pilgrims will attend World Youth Day. The event will probably take place on the Aterro do Flamengo. World Youth Day (or in short ‘WYD’) was initiated by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1985. The first and only time it was held in South American was in Buenos Aires, Argentine in 1987, which was attended by an estimated one million people. Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup, with the finals being in Rio de Janeiro. The city will also be hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. * The Rio Times Daily Update is a new feature we are offering to help keep you up-to-date with the major news as it happens. 8 Responses to "Rio to Host World Youth Day 2013: Daily" Bhekani Malaza September 8, 2011 at 10:49 AM hi we are looking forward to be in Rio. we hope there will be enough assistance in English. we also hope that the organizers will identify hosting parishes in time so that Pilgrim can pick their host parishes electronically. Thanks charles kong February 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM hai, my name is charles kong, from malaysia. just want to find out, what is the weather forecast i rio? should i need to prapare anything for this event? how much that i need to paid for this event? that all from now. hope to hear from you soon. god bless. charles kong, diosece of sibu, sarawak, east malaysia Pingback: New Pope to Open Brazil World Youth Day | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Pope Confirms Visit to World Youth Day in Rio: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Pope Confirms Visit to World Youth Day in Rio | Radar Pingback: Rio's Christ the Redeemer Opens at Night for First Time: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Radar Pingback: Following World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, July 2013 | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.