Most people know Brazil to be the home of the Amazon river and the home of the Amazon rainforest. Brazil is also known for its samba music, their soccer teams, Copacaba beach, the Christ the Redeemer Statue, the favela slums and the annual Carnival celebrations. Brazil is also the fifth largest country in the world in both size and population, with 200 million people, 74% of which are Catholic.
This summer, 2013, WYD
will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is the second time it will take place in Latin America, the fist time in Brazil and the first time in a Portuguese speaking country. It will also be the first time with a Latin American pope.