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Inmates construct confessionals for the 2019 World Youth Day.

Inmates building 250 confessionals for 2019 World Youth Day

Dec 22, 2018

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

Jul 23, 2018

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

Feb 22, 2018

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

Feb 11, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Nov 20, 2017

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

Jul 26, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

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

Jul 4, 2017

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

Panamanian pilgrims attend Pope Francis General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 5, 2017.

Laity, gender ideology shared concerns for Pope and Panama's bishops

Jun 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

World Youth Day wasn't the only topic on the agenda for Panama's bishops during their meeting with Pope Francis this... Read more

Panamanian youths attend a prayer vigil at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, April 8, 2017.

Youth raise voices ahead of 2018 synod: we want to follow Christ

Apr 11, 2017

By Elise Harris

At a prayer vigil with youth this weekend, Pope Francis said the Church needs to listen to the voice of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to young people at the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome.

Pope to youth: The Church needs to hear your voice

Apr 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Saturday Pope Francis held a special prayer vigil in anticipation of WYD and the 2018 Synod of Bishops, telling... Read more

Pope Francis greets youth pilgrims at Santo Tomas University in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

The Church and society need you, Pope Francis tells youth

Mar 21, 2017

On Tuesday Pope Francis released a video message to youth in advance of the next World Youth Day, to be... Read more

World Youth Day pilgrims from Panama July 30, 2016.

World Youth Day Panama will take place January 22-27

Jan 20, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Friday Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta of Panama officially announced the dates of the next World Youth Day, which... Read more

Pope Francis with a statue of Mary and baby Jesus in St. Peter's Square during the general audience on Sept 9, 2015.

After Krakow, Mary at heart of next World Youth Day gathering

Nov 22, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday the Vatican announced the themes for the next three World Youth Day encounters, which are focused on Mary... Read more

Pilgrims at World Youth Day in Germany, 2005.

Meningitis death of World Youth Day pilgrim prompts health alert

Aug 2, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The Italian bishops' conference has issued an advisory to pilgrims, after a young Italian girl died of meningitis while she... Read more


This young postulant says 'don't be afraid' of God's calling

Jul 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

Many things happen during World Youth Day. Young people from all over the world travel to meet the Pope, they... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to youth outside of Krakow's St. John Paul II Shrine, July 30, 2016.

God prefers us weak, Pope Francis says off-the-cuff to youth

Jul 30, 2016

The weaker we are, the more God's mercy can transform our lives. Pope Francis made these impromptu remarks on Saturday... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the St. John Paul II shrine in Krakow, Poland, July 30, 2016.

Pope to priests and religious: Don't be content with mediocrity

Jul 30, 2016

By Ann Schneible

During Mass celebrated at the shrine of St. John Paul II in Krakow, Pope Francis challenged the priests, religious, and... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Archdiocese of Boston via Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0).

Are young Catholics cynical about politics? Nope, Cardinal Dolan says

Jul 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

With political discourse taking a turn for the nasty(er) as the U.S. presidential elections draw near, are youth disillusioned by... Read more

Pope Francis pays a solemn visit to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps on July 29, 2016.

The cruelty of Auschwitz still continues, Pope tells youth

Jul 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

Speaking from the balcony of the bishop's palace in Krakow, Pope Francis told youth gathered below that the horror lived... Read more

Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein. Public Domain via Wikipedia.

Heroism and sacrifice: The Catholic history of Auschwitz

Jul 29, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis sat quietly in one of Auschwitz's most ominous prison cells, praying in what had been the inhumane living... Read more