Video Invites Youth to Rio

World Youth Day '13 Is Less Than 100 Days Away

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (Zenit.org) Staff | 1388 hits

A video invitation to "Meet in Brazil" is encouraging young people of the globe to attend World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro this July.

The video invite was released to mark the 100-day countdown to Rio, which started this week. Today, the countdown is at 96 days.

The video is recorded on Copacabana beach, which will be the setting for three key WYD events.

Inspired by the video “Meet in Madrid,” produced for the Madrid 2011 WYD, the clip invites young people from all over the world to come to Rio. Contributing to its production were 50 volunteers from different parishes and Movements of the city, including those who danced and those who participated in its production.

It is one of the latest videos made available at the WYD Web site. Other videos explain, for example, what happens when pilgrims will arrive at the airport.

"People wished to take advantage to remind [youth]: We’ll meet in Brazil, and in Copacabana, where some of the main events will take place. It’s a postcard of Rio de Janeiro, it’s the soul of Rio,” explained Juliana Frazao, one of the producers.

The music, with the same name as the video, was composed by the Spanish singer Eva García.

García said she wished to transmit the message of hope and joy of the youth who go to encounter Jesus, a message of faith and unity.

“Anyone who has taken part in a WYD knows that in those days he or she can come close to the spirit of Jesus Christ in a very alive and personal way," García said.