Yesterday, we went to the Cathedral de Se or São Paulo Cathedral in São Paulo, independent of any World Youth Day activities. It is a beautiful church built between 1912 and 1954 with magnificent stonework and mosaics. Though the church is named after the area it is in ( de Se); the cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption.
We also celebrated Mass in Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and visited the Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida (a modern looking church completed in the 1950s). We were able to pray in front of the actual statue that the Marian apparition is attributed to.
Hopefully the wifi will cooperate soon; I'm having difficulty downloading pictures. God willing more posts and maybe pictures to come.