WYD RIO 2013: 800 YOUNG PEOPLE AND 5 BISHOPS FROM THE UK” “” “

"Christ invites us: Come to me, be my friends. Christ, He sends us "’Be missionaries’". The notes of the English WYD anthem echo on the lips of the 800 young Catholics that have come from all over the United Kingdom to meet the Pope. Francesco Di Rosario, 33, geotechnical engineer for London’s Jacobs, in charge of the WYD social networks, who for months, at the Italian church of St Peter’s in London, had prepared dozens of young people for the meeting: "It was Pope Francis that sent up the number of pilgrims. After his election, many uncertain people said yes". The practical and spiritual preparations lasted one year, and they mainly took place in the dioceses of Westminster, East Anglia, Birmingham, Liverpool and Aberdeen, the University of London, the charity for aids to the third world Cafod, and the Neo-Catechumenal movement. Four English bishops: Bernard Longley, John Sherrington, William Kenney, Alan Hopes, and a Scottish one: Hugh Gilbert, are in Rio too. (continued)” “

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