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!
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.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!
** 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.
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!