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Long hike looms for World Youth Day participants in Rio

November 30, 2012

Organizers of the 2013 World Youth Day (WYD) celebration in Rio de Janeiro have announced that pilgrims will have to walk about 8 miles to attend the closing Mass, at which Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to preside.

The final Mass will be celebrated at a farm well west of the city of Rio de Janeiro. WYD participants will be taken to the nearest town by bus, but will still face a long walk to the site.

About 2 million people are expected for the closing Mass.


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