Advisory: World Youth Day 2013, Rio de Janeiro

World Youth Day 2013, Rio de Janeiro USCCB Media Contacts In Rio Matt Palmer 301-996-5207 (acceptsint'l calls) Msgr. RichardHilgartner 410 274 3841 (acceptsint'l calls) In USA Sister Mary Ann Walsh Director of MediaRelations 202-541-3200 USCCB Media Fact Sheet Dates: WorldYouth Day 2013 in Rio de Ja

World Youth Day 2013, Rio de Janeiro

USCCB Media Contacts

In Rio

Matt Palmer301-996-5207 (acceptsint'l calls)

Msgr. RichardHilgartner410 274 3841 (acceptsint'l calls)


In USASister Mary Ann WalshDirector of MediaRelations202-541-3200

USCCB Media Fact Sheet

Dates: WorldYouth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro will be July 23-28. Pope Francis arrives inRio July 22 and joins WYD July 25 at the Papal Welcome Ceremony at 6 PM onCopacabana Beach. WYD's overnight vigil and closing Mass will be July 27-28 atCampus Fidei in Guaratiba, an area several miles west of downtown Rio.

Attendees: Therewill be more than 9,500 youth from 650 groups from the USA.

Catechesis: OnJuly 24-26, catechesis programs will take place in the morning around Rio. Theprogram will include a music group, address by a bishop and Mass. Bishopcatechists' for English-speaking groups include Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York; Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston; Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia; Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio; Archbishop Jerome Listecki ofMilwaukee; Bishop Edward Burns ofJuneau, Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggianoof Brooklyn. Auxiliary Bishop Edgar daCunha of Newark will address a Portuguese-speaking group.

U.S. Bishops inattendance: 36. In addition to the above they include

Bishop RobertBrennan, auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre, NY; Bishop Tod Brown, Bishop Emeritus of Orange, California; Bishop Neal Buckon, auxiliary bishopfor Military Services; Bishop OctavioCisneros, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn; Bishop James Conley of Lincoln; Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn; Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle; Bishop Bernard Hebda of Gaylord,Michigan; Bishop Donald Kettler ofFairbanks, Alaska; Bishop Dominic Luong,auxiliary bishop of Orange; BishopRobert McElroy, auxiliary bishop of San Francisco; Bishop Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi, Texas; Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield,Illinois; Bishop Richard Pates ofDes Moines; Bishop Nelson Perez,auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre; BishopMichael Pfeifer of San Angelo, Texas; BishopAlberto Rojas, auxiliary bishop of Chicago; Archbishop Roger Schwietz of Anchorage; Bishop Mark Seitz, bishop of El Paso, Texas; Bishop Clarence Silva of Honolulu; Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, Minnesota;Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento Bishop James Tamayo of Laredo, Texas; Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas; Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh and Bishop PatrickZurek of Amarillo, Texas

English-language WelcomeCenter: Vivo Rio, located at Av. Inf-d. Henrique, 85 – Glória, Rio deJaneiro, 20021-140, Brazil, will be a welcome center July 24-26. The U.S. willhost a gathering about vocations forU.S. pilgrims July 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event includes conversations aboutvocations, brief witness by SisterAlexandra Vega, a Sister of Our Lady of Sion who lives in Costa Rica; Jesuit Father Jim Martin (on video),popular writer and speaker and editor at large at America magazine, and Jenny and Bart Baker, a young couplefrom the Archdiocese of Washington. The main event will be a Holy HourExperience at 7:30 p.m. featuring a homily by Bishop Edward Burns of Juneau, Alaska, followed by concerts andpilgrim networking at 8:45 p.m.

USCCB headquartersin Rio, July 22-27, Windsor Excelsior Hotel. Av. Atlântica, 1800 - Copacabana Riode Janeiro, 22021-001, Brazil; Hotel Phone: +55 21 2195-5800.

Vivo Rio headquartersJuly 24-26, in the Media VIP Room, Vivo Rio, Av. Inf-d. Henrique, 85 – Glória,Rio de Janeiro, 20021-140, Brazil.

Pilgrim groups in Rioinclude

Diocese of Brooklyn(almost 300 pilgrims with diocesan group)Contact: Paul Morisi,718-965-7300, ext. 5556Their auxiliary bishops are going:Bishops Cisneros and Caggiano; this is thebiggest diocesan group going to WYD. In Rio, Bishop DiMarzio will celebrateMass with pilgrims from the diocese on July 22nd at 4 p.m. at Sao Francisco dePaula Church. On Tuesday, Brooklyn pilgrims will take a tour of the city of Riode Janeiro, and include a 10 a.m. visit to statue of Christ the Redeemer.Following the USCCB's event on July 24, Brooklyn pilgrims will join BishopDiMarzio and Auxiliary Bishop Frank Caggiano for dinner. Brooklyn pilgrimsrepresent every culture and testify to the diversity of Brooklyn and Queens.They come from 20 parishes throughout the diocese, and included in the groupare 10 seminarians. Newly ordained Father Jun Hee Lee, 26, will also be there.

Archdiocese of NewYork (diocesan group: 50 pilgrims; probably more)Contact 1:Fr. JosephEspaillat,914-367-8284Contact 2: Cynthia Martinez, 914-367-8329Cardinal Dolan of New York is attending.

Shepherd's Café YoungAdults, near Dallas, Texas (parish group: 33 pilgrims) Contact: Yong Oh,760-216-6075

Diocese of Honolulu(diocesan group: 20 pilgrims) Contact: Lisa Gomes, 808-220-6941. Bishop Silva of Honolulu will attend.

Diocese of Orange,California (diocesan group: 45 pilgrims). Contact: Armando Cervantes,714-282-3055. Orange's Auxiliary Bishops Dominic Luong and Bishop EmeritusTod David Brown will attend.

Our Lady of the Skies,Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas (parish group: 20 pilgrims) Contact: LeonMadarang,702-437-6191The Military Archdiocese's Auxiliary Bishop Neal Buckon willattend.

Archdiocese of SanAntonio (diocesan group: 44 pilgrims). Contact: JoanMartinez,210-734-2620 Abp. Gustavo Garcia Siller of San Antonio will attend.

Archdiocese of Boston(diocesan group: 171 pilgrims). Contact: Fr. Matthew Williams,617-746-5752. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston will attend.

Jesuit High School,Tampa, Florida (high school group: 50 pilgrims)Contact: Fr. Patrick Hough, SJ, 813-877-5344

Archdiocese of St.Louis (diocesan group: 39 pilgrims)Contact: BrianMiller, 314.792.7083

Our Lady of Mt.Carmel, Ridgewood, New Jersey (parish group: 85 pilgrims)Contact 1: GlenMcCall,201-444-9302Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha of Newark will attend.

Diocese of Harrisburg(diocesan group: 40 pilgrims). Contact: Virginia Pereira, 717-657-4804. Bishop McFadden was slated to go with the group but diedsome weeks ago

Diocese of Charleston(diocesan group:44 pilgrims)Contact: ValerieSoop, 843-402-5420

Diocese of Salt LakeCity has young adults traveling to Rio de Janeiro from the St. Catherineof Siena Newman Center. The leader of this group is the Campus Minister, JonDalton, 435-513-1892.

Simultaneous eventsin USA

Archdiocese ofWashington is hosting "Rio in DC" at the Franciscan Monastery ofthe Holy Land on July 27, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., for young adults, ages 18-35, in theWashington and Baltimore metropolitan regions. Rio DC includes a live feed ofPope Francis' vigil from Rio, outdoor Mass, rosary, confessions, catechesis,dinner and a coffeehouse with live music. Rio in DC expects approximately150-200 young adults. Details are online at Media Contacts: SusanGibbs at (202-525-9554)and Chieko Noguchi at 301-853-4516.

The Archdiocese ofAtlanta will have a "World Youth Day Rally – Atlanta" on July 27 from 3:00pm – 7:45 pm. Flyer for the event announces "Come and join other youth fromaround the Archdiocese to gather at Holy Family Church in Marietta, as we,through prayer, unite our prayer with millions of other Catholics gathered inRio for World Youth Day.The Braziliandinner and festivities will include a period of united prayer, where we will behaving adoration the same time they have adoration in Brazil.Open to those entering 9th grade throughfreshmen year in college in the fall of 2013." Contact: Pat Chivers, 404-920-7344

Diocese of Salt LakeCity will host a local celebration of World Youth Day for all youth of thediocese on July 27. The day will consist of prayer, community service, and anopportunity to experience the Brazilian culture. The day will begin with prayerand activity that explores the theme "Go and make disciples of all nations."Following that will be a presentation by Catholic Community Services about therefugee resettlement program and how the youth can help. After the presentationparticipants will make hygiene kits to donate to Catholic Community Services.In the afternoon there will be a mini Brazilian carnival with Brazilian food,samba lessons, conga drum lessons, jujitsu demonstrations, and an opportunity totake a picture with a Pope Francis, Pope Benedict, or Pope John Paul IIcardboard cutout. The day will end with Saturday vigil Mass. Contact: ColleenGudreau.More information is available at:

For a full list ofWYD celebrations in the USA go to

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MEDIA CONTACTONLY:Sr. Mary AnnWalshO: 202-541-3200M: 301-325-7935Email