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World Youth Day pilgims take part in a flashmob dance at the beginning of the closing Mass June 28, 2013.

Considering WYD 2016 in Poland? Here's what one bishop wants you to know

For those pilgrims thinking about participating in World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, Bishop Frank Caggiano has a message:... Read more

Polish pilgrims celebrate after hearing the news that the next World Youth Day will be hosted by Krakow, Poland in 2016.

Official song for World Youth Day 2016 debuted in Krakow

The official song for World Youth Day Krakow 2016, inspired by the theme “Blessed are the merciful,” was premiered in... Read more

St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia.

World Youth Day organizer named as next Sydney archbishop

Pope Francis has named the next Archbishop of Sydney: Parramatta Bishop Anthony Fisher, O.P., a Sydney native and a lead... Read more

Official logo, prayer for WYD Krakow 2016 announced

In a press conference held earlier today in Krakow, Poland, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz presented the official logo and prayer for... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience October 30, 2013

Pope in WYD message: poverty leads us to true happiness

In his message for the 29th WYD, Pope Francis draws his theme from the beatitude on poverty, emphasizing that it... Read more


Forty-five WYD participants seek refugee status in Brazil

Citing religious oppression in their home countries, 45 young people who took part in World Youth Day 2013 in Rio... Read more

Pope Francis in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day on July 24, 2013.

Pope Francis thanks Rio governor for warm welcome at WYD

The governor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has received a letter from Pope Francis offering thanks for the city’s hospitality... Read more

Crowds gather at the John Paul II Center in Denver to celebrate and remember the 20th annniversary of the 1993 World Youth Day Aug 15, 2013.

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

At the event's recent anniversary, participants in World Youth Day Denver recalled how the presence of Blessed John Paul II... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila celebrates Mass for the 20th annniversary of the Denver WYD Aug 15, 2013.

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

Twenty years after the 1993 World Youth Day was held in Denver, the archdiocese has been abundantly blessed with much... Read more

World Youth Day participants at Mile High Stadium in Denver, 1993.

Denver archdiocese: World Youth Day launched spiritual revolution

In 1992, Denver was one of three American cities that had been vying to host World Youth Day the following... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, April 18, 2012.

Respond to the Lord's call, encourages Pope Francis

During his Angelus address today, Pope Francis asked the crowds to pray with him that the World Youth Day pilgrims... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives on the popemobile at the San Joaquin Episcopal Palace in Rio de Janeiro on July 26, 2013. ANSA/Luca Zennaro/Pool.

Despite reports, Vatican organizer says Rio went as planned

Although the media focused on some of the moments when the Pope’s security team appeared overwhelmed during the World Youth... Read more

Pope Francis embraces, cries with Nathan during WYD.

Boy who embraced Pope receives hero's welcome at school

The young boy who brought Pope Francis to tears during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro was greeted with... Read more


Archbishop of Rio underscores positive impact of WYD

Archbishop Orani Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro said World Youth Day 2013 has had a positive impact on the country,... Read more

Pope Francis embraces, cries with Nathan during WYD.

Pope cries with Brazilian child who wants to be a priest

Nathan de Brito brought Pope Francis to tears during one of his motorcades through the streets of Rio de Janeiro... Read more

Cardinal Turkson at Vatican Press Office`s conference on upcoming conference for Women and the post-2015 development agenda.

Cardinal Turkson links care for environment, human life

Respect for the environment is a matter of justice, connected to respect for human life and founded upon our relationship... Read more

Pilgrims celebrate after hearing the news that the next World Youth Day will be hosted by Krakow, Poland in 2016.

Polish pilgrims already anticipating Krakow 2016

With the final Mass of World Youth Day 2013 barely coming to a close, young people from Poland were already... Read more

World Youth Day pilgims take part in a flashmob dance at the beginning of the closing Mass June 28, 2013.

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

Over three million Catholic pilgrims from around the world attended the final Mass at World Youth Day on Sunday, making... Read more

Matias Gonzalez and Arturo Fernandez from Argentina at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, July 28, 2013.

In spite of challenges, global youth plan for Krakow

Young global participants in Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day say that traveling to Krakow, Poland in 2016 for the... Read more

(L-R) Yoel Aparicio and Gershon Cruz spent the night on Copacabana Beach July 28, 2013.

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

Young people participating in the World Youth Day prayer vigil in Rio de Janeiro before the final Mass with Pope... Read more