Pope Francis Honored With Flash Mob In Rio At World Youth Day Mass [Video]
Pope Francis’s mass at Rio’s Copacabana Beach was punctuated by the world’s largest flash mob, composed of millions of faithful young pilgrims at World Youth Day.
Choreographed by two Brazilian professional dancers, the dance had been posted online prior to the event so that those attending would be able to learn it beforehand. Bishops enrobed in off-white vestments joined the dancing mob by bobbing their heads in time to the music. The song that was selected for the record-breaking flash mob was fittingly titled “Francis.”
The weeklong religious celebration drew millions of Catholics to Rio de Janiero. The Way of the Cross observance on Friday yielded 1.5 million faithful, while the prayer vigil on Saturday was reportedly attended by about 3 million. As part of the vigil, pilgrims camped out overnight for a stretch of two miles on the city's streets and beaches.
During the mass on Friday, after taking the time to bless newborn babies and disabled persons, Pope Francis spoke to the need of helping the impoverished. "Evangelizing means bearing personal witness to the love of God, it is overcoming our selfishness, it is serving by bending down to wash the feet of our brethren, as Jesus did,” he said. “Bringing God's power to pluck up and break down evil and violence, to destroy and overthrow the barriers of selfishness, intolerance and hatred, so as to build a new world."
The next World Youth Day will take place in 2016 in Krakow, Poland.