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World Youth Day in Krakow, July 2016.

Vatican asks dioceses to promote local World Youth Day celebrations

World Youth Day is celebrated annually at the diocesan level, as well as every few years at big international gatherings. Read more

Young people wearing T-shirts with the official WYD Lisbon 2023 logo.

Catholic bishop: World Youth Day 2023 an ‘opportunity to renew hope’ after pandemic

The Catholic bishop overseeing preparations for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, has said that the event will be... Read more

Singers record the theme song for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: Lisboa2023.org.

Theme song unveiled for next World Youth Day in Lisbon

The organizers of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon on Wednesday unveiled the event’s official theme song.  Read more

Young people wearing T-shirts with the official WYD Lisbon 2023 logo.

World Youth Day 2023 organizers urge youth to join ‘great national movement’

The organizers of World Youth Day 2023 invited young Portuguese Catholics this week to prepare for the event by taking... Read more

The official logo of World Youth Day Lisbon. Photo courtesy Beatriz Roque Antunez.

World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 unveils Marian logo

World Youth Day Lisbon launched its website and unveiled its logo Friday as Portugal prepares to host the world’s largest... Read more

A screenshot of the official website of World Youth Day in Lisbon, jmj.patriarcado-lisboa.pt.

Preparations resume for World Youth Day in Portugal

Preparations for the next World Youth Day have resumed after they were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.   Read more

Young pilgrims gather before World Youth Day Panama opening Mass Jan. 22, 2019.

Pope Francis postpones World Youth Day and Meeting of Families due to coronavirus

Pope Francis has decided to postpone by one year World Youth Day and the World Meeting of Families, according to... Read more

Al and Yousef Astfan, brothers from Syria in Krakow at World Youth Day 2016.

Bishops propose Arab World Youth Day for Middle East Catholics

Bishops from the Middle East have proposed a regional youth gathering similar to World Youth Day for young Catholics from... Read more

Young pilgrims gather before World Youth Day Panama opening Mass Jan. 22, 2019.

Pope Francis announces Marian theme of World Youth Day 2022 in Lisbon

At the conclusion of the International Youth Forum Saturday, Pope Francis announced the theme of World Youth Day 2022 to... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at Campo San Juan Pablo II for World Youth Day Panama Jan. 27, 2019.

Pope Francis: Young people are the 'now' of God

Serving God and his mission is not a passing thing, but can and should be pursued in the present, with... Read more

Opening Mass for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.

World Youth Day kicks off with message: 'Have the courage to be saints'

At the opening Mass of World Youth Day 2019, Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama told young people from... Read more

World Youth Day flag in Panama.

5 things to know about World Youth Day 2019

Five things you need to know about World Youth Day 2019  Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims in 2013.

Small, well-funded LGBT group to challenge Catholic teaching at World Youth Day

A U.S.-based coalition of dissenting Catholics, whose backers include wealthy non-Catholic funders, is sending a small group of LGBT activists... Read more

Inmates construct confessionals for the 2019 World Youth Day.

Inmates building 250 confessionals for 2019 World Youth Day

Inmates from La Joya and Nueva Joya prisons have begun the construction of 250 confessionals to be used in the... Read more

World Youth Day contest welcomes Catholic filmmakers

A Catholic film ministry has opened a contest for the 2019 World Youth Day to encourage young cinematographers to create... Read more

Pope Francis greets Panamanian pilgrims at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 8, 2017.

Pope Francis to youth: face your fears with discernment, courage

Addressing youth around the globe, Pope Francis encouraged young people Thursday to face their fears with discernment and courage, looking... Read more

Pope Francis at the Angelus Jan. 28, 2018.

Pope Francis 'signs up' for World Youth Day in Panama

After the Angelus Sunday, with the help of a tablet and two young people, Pope Francis signed up for World... Read more

Pope St. John Paul II visits Colombia in 1986.

John Paul II relic given to 2019 World Youth Day

At a Nov. 17 ceremony at the Polish Embassy to the Holy See, Ambassador Janusz Kotanski delivered a relic of... Read more

World Youth Day in Brazil, July 28, 2013.

WYD Unite event brings together youth from across the nation

On one of the hottest days of the year, more than 1,300 young people from around the country gathered together... Read more

Official song of World Youth Day Panama released

On Monday the Archdiocese of Panama released the official theme song of the next World Youth Day, to be held... Read more