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Blessed John Paul’s relics in Rio for World Youth Day

July 15, 2013

Relics of Blessed John Paul II been transported to Rio de Janeiro for the veneration of the faithful during World Youth Day. “I bring to you the blessing of Pope Francis, who will arrive here in a few days,” said Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, during a July 7 Mass at a Marian shrine north of Rio. “For my part I am very happy to preside over this Eucharist for the consignment of the relics of Blessed John Paul II, who will soon be proclaimed a saint.” The first World Youth Day took place in 1986 after the late Pontiff addressed large crowds of youth in 1984 and 1985. Cardinal Rylko also inaugurated “In the Footsteps of Christ,” a three-month exhibition at the MNBA (National Museum of Fine Arts) in Rio. The prelate said that the exhibition includes masterpieces, on loan from Vatican and Italian museums, that “have never been seen before in a Latin American country.”


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