By Lise Alves
Catholic News Service
RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — The mayor of Rio de Janeiro told pilgrims they could go home after the July 27 World Youth Day vigil and return for the closing Mass the next morning. Not many listened.
After Pope Francis’ address to the youth at the start of the vigil, many pilgrims left, but many other hundreds of thousands remained on the sand of Copacabana beach and its nearby streets and parks.
Approximately 250 pilgrims from the Washington, Arlington and Philadelphia dioceses were looking for a safe place to spend the night when Catholic News Service met up with them on a side street in the Copacabana neighborhood at 10 p.m.