Young British Catholics in Rio to see Pope Francis

Hundreds of British Catholics have travelled to Brazil to take part in World Youth Day and see the Pope.

The 800 pilgrims come from across the UK, with sizable groups being sent by the Dioceses of Westminster, East Anglia, Birmingham, Liverpool and Aberdeen.

Five bishops from the UK will be attending World Youth Day - Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, William Kenney, and Bishop of East Anglia, Alan Hopes, and Bishop of Aberdeen Hugh Gilbert.

World Youth Day gets underway in Rio on 22 July. For Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope, the seven-day visit to Brazil is his first international trip as pontiff.

A highlight of the trip will be the celebration of Mass with 1.5 million pilgrims.

This year, the English version of the World Youth Day anthem - Go Be Missionaries - will be performed by English electropop band Ooberfuse.

British singer-songwriter Edwin Fawcett will also be performing at WYD Rio.

Young Catholics unable to travel to Rio will be gathering for two "WYD @home" events, with the Kent Brightlights festival at Aylesford Priory in the south, and Rio's Coming to Castlerigg in Keswick, Cumbria, in the north.

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