Popes put personal stamp on World Youth Day celebrations

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By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — Blessed John Paul II rallied young Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI instructed them and Pope Francis is preparing to send them out on mission.

When he travels to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, Pope Francis — the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina — will be continuing a tradition begun by Blessed John Paul in Buenos Aires in 1987, gathering Catholic youths from around the world together for several intense days of faith-building and celebration.

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