Rio to Host World Youth Day 2013: Daily

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."

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 . . .

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