In Dublin city, hundreds of young Catholics took part in a parallel two day festival of faith Rio in Dublin which linked up live with the World Youth Day in Brazil. Dublin pilgrims were able to join in the main events in Brazil including the final Mass with Pope Francis via live links to Rio de Janeiro.

The Archbishop of Dublin officially launched Rio in Dublin on June 27th in the Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street.  Also attending were Brother Kevin and Fr. Bryan Shorthall from the Capuchin Community, who are co-hosting this unique event.  

Beginning on Friday 26th July and running for the weekend, Rio in Dublin had a strong social justice programme at its heart.  In collaboration with Crosscare, the social care agency of the Archdiocese of Dublin, participants spent time with some of the many support programmes run by the Capuchins and Crosscare for the city’s homeless population.  Magis Ireland, the Jesuit Young Adult Ministry ran a social immersion programme on the Friday encouraging young people to engage with social issues from a faith perspective, in the areas of homelessness, immigration and emigration, and those living with special needs and disability.

Rio in Dublin began with young people gathering in four locations: St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Heuston Station, St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral and Gardiner St. and then walking in pilgrimage to Church Street. On arrival, they were welcomed with music and dance led by Brazilian community.

A programme of prayer, reflections, music and “live” links to Rio then began and continued through the night and over the weekend. During the night there were workshops on prayer, also some groups led guided prayer in the Church until dawn.

On Sunday (July 28th), young people took part in Morning Prayer and catechesis led by Capuchin Community with music by the Dublin Gospel Choir.

Friar Pat Lynch, OFM and Ann Marie of Vocations Ireland at the gathering.