The Pontifical Council for the Laity has confirmed that World Youth Day 2013 will take place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro from July 23-28.
The announcement was made on the official website for the event, www.rio2013.com, and by Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro via Twitter, after organizers met with members of the council Rome on Dec. 12.
Archbishop Tempesta is currently meeting with officials from the council together with Bishop Joel Portella Amado, the general coordinator of World Youth Day 2013, Father Marcio Queiroz, communications director, and Father Renato Martines, director of the main events.
The official logo for World Youth Day Rio 2013 will also be selected during the meetings from a group of proposals drawn from an international contest. Upon returning to Rio later this week, organizers will be meeting will local leaders to report on preparations for the event.