Pope John Paul II is the one who organized the first World Youth Day back in 1985. The first one was a relatively small event held in Rome, but it has now grown to be an international sensation for young Catholics from countries all over the globe. So it is very fitting that the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported that the relics of John Paul II reached the Brazilian capital on Sunday July 7th. They will be on display at various locations throughout World Youth Day Pope John Paul II made four visits to Rio during his Pontificate, the last being in 1997 for the World Meeting of Families.
In addition to the World Youth Day there is an art display from July 9th through October 13th entitled “In the Footsteps of Christ”, with masterpieces from Italy and the Vatican at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Rio. It primarily contains works by the most famous artists, painters and sculptors, ranging from the year 1400 to 1800, most of which have never been seen in Latin America.