March 06, 2012.
) Organizers of World Youth Day in Rio
are hoping to give the Pope a gift during Mass on Palm Sunday.
As a sign of World Youth Day 2013, they want to give the Pope a 10 foot replica
of their famous Christ the Redeemer statue
Several representatives are expected to attend that Mass, including several episcopal conferences and lay movements
from more than 80 countries
. Also expected are pilgrims who attended World Youth Day in Sydney and Madrid.
Now Rio is getting ready to welcome World Youth Day in 2013. In fact, it was 25 years ago
that World Youth Day was held in Latin America. Back in 1987, John Paul II
celebrated the gathering in Buenos Aires, Argentina