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07/22/2013 Comment

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A runner carries a Jesus flag up and down Copacabana beach in Rio De Janeiro. After all, HE is the real reason we are at WYD anyway.

Countdown to World Youth Day is the EWTN live radio show from Rio de Janeiro. I was a guest on today’s show (audio player above).  

Elena Rodriguez is reporting live from the International Broadcast Center at Copacobana beach in Rio. Thom Price is her co-host at the EWTN studio in Birmingham, Ala. 

We talked about the 5,500 journalists registered for WYD, most of whom began to descend on Rio today. Elena interviewed Register correspondent Justin Bell at Christ the Redeemer statue. Justin described what it was like to travel with his group from Boston.

I talked about how the mood of WYD always changes when the Pope leads the Stations of the Cross. Prior to that moment, the event feels like a large outdoor rock-n-roll festival, but when pilgrims begin the Stations with the Pope, a new depth is entered — there’s a spirit of prayer and peace — because Jesus becomes the focus.

While Pope Francis lands in Rio today, July 22, he doesn’t join the pilgrims until Thursday, July 25, at a welcoming ceremony on Copacabana beach.  The Stations of the Cross are Friday afternoon. And that starts the most intense part of World Youth Day, which includes the pilgrimage to the open airfield, an all-night vigil and the concluding Mass.

Listen to today’s radio interview for a taste of the preparations and activities. Tune in to EWTN’s coverage at

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The Register's coverage in at World Youth Day in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil includes blog entries from a variety of pilgrims--from regular Register correspondents and staff to seasoned filmmakers to a priest and bishop leading their flock.

WYD Witnesses bloggers include:
Bishop James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, Neb., who is a veteran at WYD, having attended in Denver, Paris, Rome, Sydney, and Madrid.
Father Matthew Gamber, S.J., theology teacher at Jesuit High in Tampa, Fla. Leading a group with 52 students and teachers from Jesuit to WYD Rio.
Tim Watkins, the director of the documentary film The Blood & The Rose, and president/CEO of Renegade Communications headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md.
Chris Kudialis, a Register correspondent, who lives in Detroit and whose work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Raleigh News & Observer, and Mundo Cristianois, the last of which featured coverage of 2011 WYD in Madrid, Spain.
Justin Bell, a Register correspondent, who lives in Boston and at WYD is embedded in a national group of about 20 deaf participants and leaders, along with hearing interpreters, who are traveling with more than 100 from the Boston archdiocese.
Jeanette De Melo, the Register’s editor in chief, who resides in Denver and who covered WYD Toronto in 2002. She's traveling with EWTN's television and radio crew.