During July CAFOD will be taking a group of young people from across the country to Brazil for an amazing opportunity. The experience will involve working with CAFOD partners in Sao Paolo and lead to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. Over the course of nineteen days we will be immersed in everything Brazil has to offer which will culminate in a week of celebration with a huge gathering of young Catholics from around the world.
While it is a time for celebration, it is very easy to forget the vast amounts of destitution and inequality that still exists in Brazil today. One part of our experience will be the partying, laughter and international fellowship, however the reason we are going with CAFOD is also to experience firsthand the work done by CAFOD for some of the world’s poorest people.
Then when we head off to World Youth Day in Rio. It will be a chance for all of us to build friendships and share in faith with young people from across the globe. While we may be separated by language, we will all share together in WYD. It will be my first WYD but I’ve got a feeling that Brazil is going to be fairly immense. It will also be very refreshing to see the Church in such a vibrant way that is not always felt in the UK.
I have been incredibly lucky to have been given this opportunity and I hope to keep you updated on some of the work CAFOD is doing in advance to WYD and keep you updated on the build up to WYD from the scene. We are setting off for Sao Paolo tomorrow so I am very excited at the minute (I just have to pack first). If you would like to read more about my personal journey so far, you can read my blog at: http://cafodmiddlesbrough.wordpress.com/category/world-youth-day/.