Saturday, March 19, 2011

World Youth Day 2013 - Rumors of Rio!

Hello, Coffee Talkers!

I'm not usually one to share things heard through the Catholic grapevine, but this one seems likely to be true (and harmless if it's not). Also, it's quite exciting!

Word on the street: the next World Youth Day (after the one this August in Madrid, Spain) will be held in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
I got a call today from a priest who heard this juicy piece of World Youth Day info from a travel agent at Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, so I looked to see if this info was anywhere on the web, and behold! The Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington, Virginia (I was just there last summer for my friend's ordination to the priesthood!) has a blog for their youth ministry program, and here's what they had to say:
At the National Catholic Conference on Youth Ministry, the future of World Youth Day was discussed. The next World Youth Day will be held on July 8-13, 2013 in Brazil. Other pilgrimage candidates included: Dublin, Ireland; and London, England.

** Dates and Locations cannot be confirmed, but were discussed. Nothing is set in stone until the announcement comes at the end of World Youth Day 2011.
Cool! So now, we just have to wait until Pope Benedict XVI makes the official announcement when he closes the upcoming World Youth Day in Madrid  this August. Let's see what he has to say!

Peace and all good,

UPDATE: The Holy Father did announce that World Youth Day 2013 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, and the dates will be July 23 - 28. Hope to see you all there!


  1. Darn. I was really hoping it would be in Washington least that was what the rumor was in KS

  2. Hi, Mary! Yes, I've still only heard rumors of Rio -- sorry to disappoint. Maybe we'll have WYD in the USA again sometime in the relatively near future. My first WYD was in Denver in 1993, so I think we're due to host again soon! :)

  3. WYD is on July 23-28, 2013 not July 8-13. See

  4. Yes, you are correct! As I said, the information in the above post was based on rumors only, and the Holy Father has now officially announced the dates and location of World Youth Day 2013, which will indeed be held in Rio de Janeiro. Thanks for the link! Peace and blessings.