Animate's Top Team for Rio

World Youth Day pilgrims Sarah Beatty, Sarah Brooks and Mike Meadows have got Rio covered for their visit next month as together they make up Animate’s media team for the event which is expected to draw millions, including Pope Francis, to Brazil.

They will be working with both social and traditional media to get the message back to the Archdiocese and beyond. In the build up to the day they have been tweeting, blogging and contacting press and media outlets with the story of their pilgrimage. When in Rio they will have formal press accreditation giving them access to the news as it happens.

Sarah Beatty has been to the last two World Youth Days and says, ‘I’m really looking forward to World Youth Day in Rio. I had a great time in Sydney and Madrid as I was able to share my faith with other young Catholics from around the world, and experience how those cultures celebrate their faith. I am excited for Rio so I can experience this once again and I also get to share with people back home what World Youth Day is all about.’

Sarah Brooks who has a degree in media says, ‘I’m really looking forward to sharing and celebrating my faith with young people from all over the world. Experiencing the Brazilian culture is a great bonus, too.’

Meanwhile Mike Meadows looks forward to the Papal Mass, ‘World Youth Day is a unique opportunity to make new friends around the world through sharing something we have in common - faith. I'm really looking forward to experiencing the Catholic life of Latin Americans and sharing Mass with Pope Francis.'

The theme of this year’s World Youth Day is ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’ (cf Matthew 28:19) and it will take place from 23-28 July with young people working in local dioceses during the preceding week. On the evening of Friday 26 July Pope Francis will take part in the Via Crucis with the young people on Copacabana beach and on Saturday evening, 27 July, he will take part in a prayer vigil with them. The Papal Mass will be celebrated on the last morning of the pilgrimage, Sunday 28 July.

To follow the pilgrims in the build up to their journey and then from Wednesday 17 July in Brazil through to their return on Tuesday 30 July go to the Animate Youth Ministries website: or the Archdiocese of Liverpool website: where there will be news and links.