WYD prayer vigil to share youths’ stories of faith amid pain

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 27, 2013 / 02:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- This evening during World Youth Day’s vigil prayer several young people from around the world will share their personal stories of suffering and faith, the event’s organizers say.

Those who have been through difficult situations in life and have found a reason to live their Catholic faith, will share their stories before Pope Francis on the main stage at Copacabana Beach as part of an artistic scene.

“These testimonies are interspersed between the construction of a church, which includes choreographic elements and scenes,” said Ulises Cruz, the artistic director.

Actor Tony Ramos will be the master of ceremony.

“The goal of this artistic act is to renew strengths and create a sense of action, create an experience that we can change,” said Cruz.

“Young people need to live this experience, be part of it, and not just be a spectator,” he added. “It’s important that the Vigil be from and with the youth, and not just for the youth.”

After Pope Francis leaves, around 200 young Brazilians who are recovering from drug addictions will go on stage to sing with the Italian band “Gen Rosso,” a group within the Catholic movement Focolare.

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