A pilgrim has walked 2,900 kilometres from his home in the north-east of Brazil to Rio for World Youth Day to evangelise his country. Fabio Mateus, a 32-year-old Catholic, made his decision four months ago, reports The Catholic Herald.
The journey, which began on March 15, has taken the former office worker along some of Brazil’s busiest motorways, through the states of Ceará, Pernambuco, Bahia and Minas Gerais and past more than 70 cities and towns.
Covering an average of 24 miles a day, Mr Mateus has now arrived in Petropolis in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Last weekend He told The Catholic Herald that he had less than 130 km to go before he reaches his destination. He was planning to arrive in Rio yesterday.
"When I get there it will be a moment of joy and praise. I will join hundreds of thousands of other pilgrims and we will form an amazing prayer chain in preparation for meeting our Pope Francisco,” Mr Mateus said
He said he made the decision to make the journey on foot a year ago. “I had been feeling spiritually unsettled in my heart for two years. I saw my friends leaving the Church in my community, especially the young people, and it made me feel so disheartened,” he says.