September 16, 2013

Pope Francis recalled his July 22-28 visit to Rio de Janeiro, thanking his Brazilian hosts for their warm welcome, and describing World Youth Day celebrations there as a great party of faith.

The pope made his remarks Sept. 4 during his weekly public audience in St. Peter’s Square.

“WYD (World Youth Day) is always a party,” the pope said, “because when a city fills up with boys and girls who roam the streets with flags from all over the world, greeting each other, embracing each other, this is a true party.

But then there is the greater party,” he said, “which is the party of faith, when together everyone praises the Lord, sings, listens to the word of God, remains in silent adoration.

All this is the culmination of WYD.”