World Youth Day 2013 – Rio de Janeiro

World Youth Day (WYD) 2013 will be held in Rio de Janeiro from 23 – 28 July 2013.  World Youth Day is usually celebrated in a different city every 3 years and is an opportunity for the world’s youth to have an encounter with the Pope.   The previous WYD was celebrated in Madrid, Spain.

The city of Rio de Janeiro is excited to host WYD this year and is yet another excellent opportunity for the Cidade Maravilhosa to showcase itself before the 2014 Football World Cup, and 2016 Olympic Games.

WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with Jesus Christ. It’s a once in a lifetime event that offers an excellent opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church, as well as the opportunity to share with other young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and serving others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.

During the week of World Youth Day, there will be a complete cultural agenda in addition to the events with the Pope.

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The World’s Happiest City – Rio de Janeiro

Great news, but no surprise!!

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A recent survey put out by GFK Custom Research has ranked the happiest cities in the world with some surprising, and not so, surprising results. The global perspective survey calculated happiness based on a number of rankings including: “number of outdoor attractions, shopping centers, performances, amusement opportunities and cultural location,” reported The Huffington Post.

Anyone who lives in San Francisco knows how truly happy its inhabitants are. From its laid back vibe to temperate, albeit windy, climate and stellar food and drink scene, it can sometimes feel like the most ideal city in the world. That’s why perhaps, San Francisco is the only U.S. city to make it on the list at number 7, and by default, the happiest place in America.

In first place, not surprisingly, is the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil known for stunning beaches and sweeping city views. The city ranked high with its culture and shopping centers and outdoor attractions.

Australian cities also ranked high on the list with Sydney at number two which is seemingly always sunny and beachy and has an abundance of outdoor attractions and cultural locales.

One of Europe’s most enchanting cities, Barcelona was high on the list at number three. Barcelona is a city that has it all-culture, the beach, Mediterranean climates, amazing food and a laid back way of life that screams enjoyment. People know how to truly live in Barcelona and all over Spain for that matter making it no wonder why both Barcelona and Madrid made the list. Madrid, Spain’s sweeping metropolis came in at number six. With amazing culture, a big-city appeal and lots of shopping and food, the city is stunning in its own right.

Melbourne, another Australian city, came in fifth, known for its artsy vibe. Bike friendly Amsterdam came in at fourth. The city is well-known for its coffee-shop appeal, delicious pancakes and beautiful canals.

Others that made the list include Rome, Paris and Buenos Aires.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Sydney, Australia
Barcelona, Spain
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Melbourne, Australia
Madrid, Spain
San Francisco, U.S.A.
Rome, Italy
Paris, France
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Confederations Cup – Rio de Janeiro

As a prelude, or taster of what’s to come, to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil is hosting the 2013 Confederations Cup.

The Confederations Cup will be held from the 15th to 30th of June and includes teams from Brazil, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigerai, Tahiti, Spain and Uruguay. Brazil are the defending champions, and as hosts of next years world cup, are expected to show their true colours in this tournament.

The first game will kick of in Brasilia at 4pm local time on 15 June with Japan taking on the hosts. On 16 June the event moves to Rio de Janeiro, a city that could lay claim to being the depiction of exiting Brazilian football. Take a walk along the city streets or through many of the public parks and you’ll see many impromptu and organised games being played by the young, and young at heart. It’s little wonder that Rio de Janeiro is the city that gave the footballing world some of the most famous players, such as Ronaldo, Zico and Romario.

Rio de Janeiro lays claim to some of Brazils biggest clubs, inlcuding Botafogo, Fluminese and Flamengo, the team with over 30 million fans throughout the country. For many Carioca’s (people from Rio), or indeed for many Brazilians, football is almost a religion, and of course the temple must be the famous Mario Filho Stadium, or Maracana, as it is most commonly known.

Once the largest stadium in the world, Maracana was completed in 1950 and named after one of Brazils famous sports journalists, Mario Filho. It was completed in time for the 1950 FIFA World Cup, and 5 of Brazil’s 6 matches were played in the stadium. Unfortunately for the Brazilian fans, the final game against Uruguay resulted in a 2-1 loss to Brazil, and is since remembered as a day of national disastor.

Maracana has undergone a transformation in time for the Confederations Cup in Rio de Janeiro, as well as for the FIFA Football World Cup being held in Brazil in 2014. The stadium is still the largest in Brazil and can seat 75,100 fans and will be taken over by one of the local Brazlilian teams after the FWC.

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