The event will mark the arrival to Brazil of the WYD Cross and the Icon of Our Lady and will be attended by the Archbishop of São Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, the Apostolic Nuncio to Brazil, Dom Lorenzo Baldisseri and the president of the CNBB, Cardinal Dom Raymundo Damasceno.
The missionaries Canção Nova (new song) will be in charge of animation and the event will feature testimonials from young people who participated in previous WYDs, theatrical performances, official launch of the World Youth Day Rio 2013 website, as well as performances by various well-known Brazilian Catholic singers such as Fr. Fábio de Mello, Father Reginaldo Manzotti, Father Juarez Castro, Dunga, Life Glitters, Eliana Ribeiro and others.
“The Cross is always a sign that Jesus Christ calls young people to meet Him. Similarly, the Icon of Our Lady indicates the maternal presence of the Mother of Jesus with the followers of Christ,” says Cardinal Odilo Scherer.
Between now and July 2013, the Cross and Icon will travel to the 275 dioceses in Brazil. There are also plans for celebrations in 19 Brazilian cities, all under the name Bote Fé.
In December 2012, the Cross and Icon will leave Brazil and visit Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina. They return to Brazil in January 2013. The final leg of the Cross and Icon journey will take place in the South of Minas, in the Vale do Paraiba, and finally in the state of Rio de Janeiro, where they arrive in April 2013.
World Youth Day will take place in Rio de Janeiro from July 23-28, 2013.