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Long hike looms for World Youth Day participants in Rio

Catholic World News - 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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