(Rio de Janeiro, from our correspondents) – "The long-awaited day has arrived". "Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, welcome to this Brazilian city of extraordinary beauty!". Card. Stanislaw Rylko, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, spoke these joyful and moving words yesterday to welcome the thousands of youths who had flocked to Copacabana beach to participate in the Opening Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro. "In the coming days he said this city will be the capital of Catholic youth gathered here from the remotest corners of the planet" to offer the world the witness of a "young Church, full of the joy of faith and missionary zeal". These days the Polish cardinal added will be a "great adventure of faith that we will live together". "The Lord has in store for each of us so many surprises! For all of you, these will be unforgettable days of important discoveries, days of decisive moments for your life!". This WYD in Rio is a special one especially for the presence of Pope Francis, "the first Latin American Pope". "Truly Card. Rylko remarked God’s ways are inscrutable!".