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Official song for World Youth Day 2016 debuted in Krakow

Jan 7, 2015 - 11:28 am .- The official song for World Youth Day Krakow 2016, inspired by the theme “Blessed are the merciful,” was premiered in the Polish capital on Tuesday.

World Youth Day organizer named as next Sydney archbishop

Sep 18, 2014 - 03:24 pm .- Pope Francis has named the next Archbishop of Sydney: Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., a Sydney native and a lead organizer for the 2008 World Youth Day in Australia.  

Official logo, prayer for WYD Krakow 2016 announced

Jul 3, 2014 - 11:18 am .- In a press conference held earlier today in Krakow, Poland, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz presented the official logo and prayer for the 31st World Youth Day slated to take place there in 2016.

Pope in WYD message: poverty leads us to true happiness

Feb 7, 2014 - 04:28 am .- In his message for the 29th WYD, Pope Francis draws his theme from the beatitude on poverty, emphasizing that it teaches us joy, as well as the proper attitude to have towards those who are poor.

Forty-five WYD participants seek refugee status in Brazil

Aug 27, 2013 - 04:25 pm .- Citing religious oppression in their home countries, 45 young people who took part in World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have asked the country for refugee status.

Pope Francis thanks Rio governor for warm welcome at WYD

Aug 26, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has received a letter from Pope Francis offering thanks for the city’s hospitality during his visit in July for World Youth Day.

Denver World Youth Day brought 'joy,' vitality to local Church

Aug 20, 2013 - 04:04 am .- At the event's recent anniversary, participants in World Youth Day Denver recalled how the presence of Blessed John Paul II brought joy to the local Church, as well as the call to be disciples without fear.

On anniversary, Denver's World Youth Day called a 'blessing'

Aug 19, 2013 - 11:06 am .- Twenty years after the 1993 World Youth Day was held in Denver, the archdiocese has been abundantly blessed with much spiritual fruit, said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

Denver archdiocese: World Youth Day launched spiritual revolution

Aug 15, 2013 - 08:57 am .- In 1992, Denver was one of three American cities that had been vying to host World Youth Day the following year.

Respond to the Lord's call, encourages Pope Francis

Aug 4, 2013 - 10:35 am .- During his Angelus address today, Pope Francis asked the crowds to pray with him that the World Youth Day pilgrims will continue to respond to God’s call in their daily lives.

Despite reports, Vatican organizer says Rio went as planned

Aug 2, 2013 - 10:35 am .- Although the media focused on some of the moments when the Pope’s security team appeared overwhelmed during the World Youth Day, one of the Vatican press office’s coordinators says just one change was made to the schedule and everything else that happened was foreseen.

Boy who embraced Pope receives hero's welcome at school

Aug 1, 2013 - 12:03 pm .- The young boy who brought Pope Francis to tears during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was greeted with cheers from his classmates when school resumed on July 30.

Archbishop of Rio underscores positive impact of WYD

Jul 31, 2013 - 06:48 pm .- Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro said World Youth Day 2013 has had a positive impact on the country, not only in economic terms, but also as far as Catholic witness. 

Pope cries with Brazilian child who wants to be a priest

Jul 30, 2013 - 02:54 pm .- Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, when he broke past barriers to deliver an important message to the Pontiff.

Cardinal Turkson links care for environment, human life

Jul 30, 2013 - 12:18 pm .- Respect for the environment is a matter of justice, connected to respect for human life and founded upon our relationship with God and his creation, said Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.

Polish pilgrims already anticipating Krakow 2016

Jul 30, 2013 - 09:38 am .- With the final Mass of World Youth Day 2013 barely coming to a close, young people from Poland were already thinking about the next time the event will be held - in their home country.  

Closing Mass for Rio's World Youth Day largest since 1995

Jul 29, 2013 - 06:02 pm .- Over three million Catholic pilgrims from around the world attended the final Mass at World Youth Day on Sunday, making the 2013 event the largest of its kind since 1995.

In spite of challenges, global youth plan for Krakow

Jul 29, 2013 - 10:43 am .- Young global participants in Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day say that traveling to Krakow, Poland in 2016 for the next event “will be a great challenge,” but that “we’ll be there.”

World Youth Day vigil was 'spectacular,' say pilgrims in Rio

Jul 29, 2013 - 09:47 am .- Young people participating in the World Youth Day prayer vigil in Rio de Janeiro before the final Mass with Pope Francis said the experience had left a mark on them.

Pope gives surprising in-flight press conference

Jul 29, 2013 - 09:08 am .- Pope Francis finished off his trip to Brazil with one last unscripted moment by holding a 1 hour and 20 minute press conference during the flight back to Rome.

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