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Cardinal Braz de Aviz explains how Rio is getting ready for World Youth Day 2013

2013-04-02

CARD. JOAO BRAZ DE AVIZ
Prefect, Congregation for Consecrated Life

 "The World Cup and the Olympics were assigned to Brazil a while back. Local authorities were busy planning these events which will attract from 200 to 300,000 people. So when they heard that 1 million, 1.5 or even 2 million people would come to World Youth Day, they had a hard time believing it. How is it possible, they asked? Now they understand that this is a big event that needs a lot of preparation.”

So precisely to get ready, collaboration among the government, the city and WYD organizers is quite good. Even so, some logistical problems are inevitable.

CARD. JOAO BRAZ DE AVIZ
Prefect, Congregation for Consecrated Life

"One of the problems I've seen and heard about is the issue of transportation. There coming and going of buses will be massive, just like the crowds of people. So the question is, how to manage this? They are working very hard on it.”

Rio has a single tunnel that connects one part of city to the other, which will make it complicated for pilgrims to get around. Parking is another challenge. But organizers say, overcoming these challenges are welcomed, as long as World Youth Day 2013 is memorable for those attending.


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