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WYD13 Vigil and Mass moved to Copacabana beach


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From the WYD13 Rio Press Office

The Local Organising Committee of the World Youth Day (COL) reports that, due to climatic conditions, the events planned for the Campus Fidei in Guaratiba, will be held on Copacabana beach.

The pilgrimage of 13km cannot be done. Unlike what would have happened in Campus Fidei, where pilgrims would have taken part in an all-night vigil, the program in Copacabana will be limited to the Prayer Vigil with Pope Francis (scheduled on 27 Saturday at 19.30) and restart on 28 Sunday at 10am, with the Mass celebrated by the Pope.

"It was a difficult decision, but responsible, always thinking in the safety of our pilgrims. Copacabana has always been our plan B, and now we must apply it. The pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro are already feeling the fruits of WYD. Let this WYD keep cheerful and happy," said Msgr Paulo Cezar Costa, vice president of the COL.

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