On September 30, 2023, the first Franciscan hike to the Christ the Redeemer statue took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Members of the Franciscan Family in the State of Rio de Janeiro, namely, the Friars Minor, Friars Minor Conventual, Friars Minor Capuchin and Franciscan Youth, gathered to hike together and prepare themselves for the Solemnity of St. Francis of Assisi.
At dawn, the brothers and sisters hiked up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, singing, praying and praising the Creator. Once they reached the statue, they took a brief moment to pray about some important issues such as the care of creation and unity within the Synod. It was a time of great joy, piety, festivity and celebration.
Friar Willian Gomes MENDONÇA, Custodial Secretary