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Youth festival in Brazil still on despite pope resignation

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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.

Rio Archbishop Orani Tempesta also confirmed that the event was still on and that Benedict XVIs successor would attend.

"We do not anticipate an absence of the pope. It's a tradition to have the pope," the G1 news website quoted him as saying.

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.

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