Vatican Chronicle of World Youth Days

1984  Rome. St Peter’s Square, Palm Sunday (April 15,1984)

International youth meeting on the occasion of the Holy Year of the Redemption.

The Pope presents and entrusts young people with the Cross (April 22, 1984)


1985  Rome. St Peter’s Square - Palm Sunday (March 31, 1985)

International youth meeting on the occasion of International Youth Year.

The Holy Father addresses an Apostolic Letter to the youth of the world (March 31, 1985)

He announces the institution of World Youth Day (December 20, 1985)


1986  1st World Youth Day

Theme: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1Pt 3:15)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (March 23,1986)


1987  2nd World Youth Day

Theme:“We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves” (1Jn 4:16)

Celebration (international level): Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 11-12, 1987)


1988  3rd World Youth Day

Theme: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (March 27, 1988)


1989  4th World Youth Day

Theme: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6)

Celebration (international level): Santiago de Compostela, Spain (August 15-20, 1989)


1990  5th World Youth Day

Theme: “I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn 15:5)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (April 8, 1990)


1991  6th World Youth Day

Theme: “You have received a spirit of sonship” (Rom 8:15)

Celebration (international level): Czestochowa, Poland (August 10-15, 1991)


1992  7th World Youth Day

Theme: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mk 16:15)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (April, 12 1992)


1993  8th World Youth Day

Theme: “I came that they might have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10)

Celebration (international level): Denver, USA August 10-15, 1993)


1994-1995

Theme: “As the Father sent me, so am I sending you” (Jn 20: 21)

9th World Youth Day
Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (27 March 1994)

10th World Youth Day
Celebration (international level): Manila, Philippines (10-15 January 1995)


1996  11th World Youth Day

Theme: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (31 March 1996)


1997  12th World Youth Day

Theme: “Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see” (cf. Jn 1:38-39)

Celebration (international level): Paris, France (19-24 August 1997)


1998  13th World Youth Day

Theme: “The Holy Spirit will teach you all things” (cf Jn 14:26 )

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (5 April 1998)


1999  14th World Youth Day

Theme: “The Father loves you” (cf. Jn 16:27)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (28 March 1999)


2000  15th World Youth Day - Youth Jubilee

Theme: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14)

Celebration (international level): Rome, Italy (15-20 August 2000)


2001  16th World Youth Day

Theme: ““If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:23)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (8 April)


2002  17th World Youth Day

Theme: "You are the salt of the earth ... you are the light of the world" (Mt 5: 13,14)

Celebration (international level): Toronto, Canada (23-28 July 2002)  


2003  18th World Youth Day

Theme: "Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19,27)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (13 April)


2004
  19th World Youth Day

Theme: "We wish to see Jesus" (Jn 12,21)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (4 April)


2005  20th World Youth Day

Theme: "We have come to worship Him" (Mt 2,2)

International celebration: Cologne (August 16-21)


2006  21st World Youth Day

Theme: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps 119, 105)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (9 April)


2007 22nd World Youth Day

Theme: "Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another" (Jn 13, 34)

Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (8 April)


2008  23rd World Youth Day

Theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1, 8)

International celebration - Sydney, 15-20 July 2008


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