The Catholic World Youth Day festival will be held in July in Rio as scheduled despite the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, church authorities said here Monday.
"WYD will be maintained. The resignation of the pope changes nothing," Adionel da Cunha, a spokesman for the archdiocese said.
An estimated two million youths from around the world are expected to attend the event, slated for July 23-28.
It will be the second time that the youth festival is held in Latin America, after Buenos Aires in 1987.
Brazil has an estimated 125 million Catholics, and is the largest Catholic country in the world.