The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
- With registration lagging below expectations, the World Youth Day (WYD) celebration in Rio de Janeiro faces financial problems, reports John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter.
- Organizers had hoped to attract at least 1 million people to WYD. But less than a month before the events, only 320,000 young people had registered.
- Many young people who might have made the trip to Rio are probably being discouraged by the unrest in Brazil. Angry protests—sometimes breaking out into violence—have been organized to protest government spending priorities, including the decision to host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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