WYD Rio: Day 11

They are back in the U.S.!

Our pilgrims touched down in Miami just before 6 am. They will make it back to Detroit sometime this afternoon, after nearly 24 hours of airports and traveling.

Miami Sunshine
Miami

The agenda for them for the day is to eat, sleep, and pray! :)

Almost home… Let’s pray them the rest of the way! :)

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Praying Chipmunk

WYD Rio: Day 10

The last day in Rio is here!  Our pilgrims will have the morning free to soak up as much Brazil flavor as they can before heading to the airport in the afternoon for the long journey home.

This is what they will be leaving behind:
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View from the top of the hotel

Some of the girls spent the evening swimming, drinking lime beverages and eating brigadeiro overlooking the city:

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Alyssa and Maria

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Our pilgrims!

WYD Rio: Day 9

Today is a completely free day for our pilgrims. Stay tuned for updates to see how they decided to spend their last whole day in Rio!

Fr. Eric, 11:50 am:

Well, today is a free day since we are leaving tomorrow night. So, I am in an outdoor courtyard in a rainforest park, eating a baguette with a slice of brie and cured beef. They love their meat, cheese, and bread here! I’m hoping to find a trail to hike up Corcovado — where Christo Redentor is, and where we were a few days ago (but it was foggy up there). If I can’t find it, or if it looks too sketchy, then I will go to some botanical gardens and look at birds and small mammals, and hopefully a marmoset! My goal is to look for more sweet animals!

Marmoset
Marmoset

Fr. Eric, 12:24 pm:

Oh, yeah and last night, we went to a Botafogo vs. (Some other Rio team) futbol (soccer) club match at the largest stadium in the world: Marcarana. Those fans are crazy and it is exciting at the same time with their intense chants. Our guide, Marcella — the young, strong Catholic woman — roots for Botafogo, whose colors happen to be black and white. So, she told me I was already wearing their colors. LOL! I was there with 2 hours of sleep from the vigil the night before, since I had to stand in line with thousands of priests from about 4 am until 8:30 am, until the organizers and military finally let us in. Haha. So, we had Mass with the Pope after waiting in line packed like sardines. I think there were about 3 million people (including myself), who were camped out the night before on the 2 1/2 mile stretch of Copacabana Beach. One final note: I am amazed by the beauty of the churches in Rio! I had thought that there wouldn’t be many because of the city’s modern architecture and the fact that much of the colonial buildings were destroyed in the early 20th century to “de-Portuguese” the city. But, to my surprise, there is an abundance of not only Baroque, but also Rococo-style architecture!

WYD Rio: Day 8

Our pilgrims will wake up this morning on Copacabana Beach and begin the day with the praying of Laudes at 7 am.

Pope Francis will arrive about 9:30 am and celebrate Mass at 10 am.

They will receive the Sending Blessing, since WYD is a preparation for the great task that begins — being sent on mission to make disciples of all nations.

Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day will occur in Krakow, POLAND in 2016!

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One of our pilgrims celebrated a birthday today — what better way to do it than with a Papal Mass?!?! :)

We got a couple pictures back, showing us how they spent the rest of the day:

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Brasilian Football (Soccer)

Confeitaria Colombo
Confeitaria Colombo, a famous bakery

WYD Rio: Day 7

We received an e-mail from Fr. Eric about the events of this morning:

Hey! After the Mass this morning in the Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro with the Pope, bishops, and some priests and nuns, I walked over to where the Pope had come into the Cathedral. He came down greeting people and my hand was a foot from touching his! The picture is NOT zoomed in at all. That is how close I was to him! Off to the overnight vigil on the beach!
In Christ through Mary,
Fr. Eric Fedewa

Pope Francis
Almost close enough to touch!

Today, our pilgrims will be taking the Pilgrim Walk to Copacabana Beach where they will have the opportunity for Adoration starting at 4 pm and continuing throughout the night. Due to the rain, the location was changed from Campos Fidei.

At 7 pm, the Holy Father will arrive for Vigil. The Vigil will be a great time of praise, worship, and testimonies. Youth from all over the world will be praying and reflecting on the mission that will be given on the next day: to go into the world and make disciples of all nations.

After the Holy Father leaves, the youth will remain in prayer and worship until midnight. Then, they will sleep on the beach under the stars. :)

Alyssa shows us in a video how close the pilgrims were to Papa Francesco!