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World Youth Day pilgrims getting set
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A view shows the the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil. Pope Francis intends to visit the shrine during his visit to Brazil for the events of World Youth Day July 23-28.
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A view shows the the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil. Pope Francis intends to visit the shrine during his visit to Brazil for the events of World Youth Day July 23-28.

A small but excited group of young Oregon Catholics is preparing to attend World Youth Day next month in Rio de Janeiro. A dozen people will make the trek from the Archdiocese of Portland July 19-29 to celebrate the faith and gather with Pope Francis.  

Carolyn Trumble, a former youth minister in the archdiocese, is now a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Trumble will be meeting up with the pilgrims when they arrive in Brazil and will serve as a pilgrimage staff person with Michal Horace, director of youth and young adult ministry for the archdiocese. Trumble speaks Portuguese and knows the Brazilian culture. She also plans to share her experience of working with poor youth and imprisoned women.

Father Maximo Stöck, campus minister at Portland State University will be on the trip. A native Argentinian, he says he is especially excited to see Pope Francis, a countryman, in person.

Six of the pilgrims are connected to the Newman Centers of Portland State and Oregon State University, both of which are coordinated by the St. John Society. The other six pilgrims consist of the two staff and four pilgrims who signed up as individuals.

Five Oregon pilgrims will arrive in Brazil early and do some pre-World Youth Day touring. That will include a visit to the Shrine at Aparecida and 18th century churches in the colonial town of Paraty. The other seven pilgrims will arrive in Brazil two days after the first group, do a quick visit to Aparecida, and then meet up with the first group in Rio de Janeiro.  

Groups from the United States comprise the third largest national delegation of pilgrims going to World Youth Day, slated for July 23-28. The current number of U.S. registrants is currently over 7,000, said Paul Jarzembowski, program coordinator for youth and youth ministry of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pope John Paul II initiated World Youth Day in 1986 as a way to reach out to young Catholics. It is celebrated in the Diocese of Rome every Palm Sunday.  

Internationally it is celebrated in different cities around the world every two or three years. The last international World Youth Day was celebrated in Madrid in August 2011. In 1993, it was celebrated in Denver.  Other international World Youth Days have been held in Buenos Aires (1987); Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1989); Czestochowa, Poland (1991); Manila, Philippines (1995); Paris (1997); Rome (2000); Toronto (2002); Cologne (2005); and Sydney (2008).





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