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The World Youth Day in Madrid renewed in young people called to be leaven that makes dough rise, bringing the world the hope born of faith. Be generous to give a testimony of Christian life, especially seeing the approach of the coming celebration in Rio de Janeiro

This call was made by Pope Benedict XVI to announce the theme of World Youth Day Rio 2013: "Go then, and make disciples of all the nations" (Mt 28:19), during the general audience on 24 August 2011.

At that time the catechesis was dedicated to World Youth Day 2011, which had ended on 21 March. Benedict fondly recalled the joy of participation and the estimated two million young people in Madrid, to what he called "a formidable experience of brotherhood, of encounter with the Lord, to share and grow in faith: a cascade light.

Therefore it is very important that young people of Brazil and the world now take this call to mission and to participate in the day as living witnesses of Christ.