VATICAN CITY —
It’s not clear if the protests will have an effect on attendance at the festival.
Currently, 350,000 young people have signed up for the Rio event, but the number is expected to grow, spokeswoman Carol Castro said in Rio.
In past World Youth Day editions, the number of youths who registered turned out to be a fraction of the total numbers of pilgrims who showed up for the climactic final vigil and Mass with the pope. In Madrid in 2011, for example, some 450,000 youths were registered for World Youth Day but an estimated 1 million were on hand for then-Pope Benedict XVI’s vigil. At the 2008 edition in Sydney, 250,000 youths were registered and some 350,000 showed up.