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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 6, 2016.

Pope Francis to meet Holocaust survivors during Auschwitz visit

Jul 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

Though rumors have been floating for some time, the Vatican confirmed that the Pope will meet with 10 Holocaust survivors... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, June 8, 2016.

Pope Francis is ready for World Youth Day – are you?

Jul 20, 2016

Even though World Youth Day doesn't start until next week, thousands of pilgrims from throughout the world are already descending... Read more

Krakow WYD.

Catechetical youth site aims to share mercy at World Youth Day

Jul 19, 2016

Poland has been known as the heart of the Divine Mercy devotion since the 1930s and also boasts the homeland... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal plane, August 14, 2014.

How the Pope's visit to Auschwitz will shape World Youth Day

Jun 16, 2016

Since the very first World Youth Day in 1986, the international Catholic event has been marked by prayer, music, and... Read more

World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil July 2013.

Divine Mercy meets World Youth Day this summer in Poland

Mar 22, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Krakow’s role in the Divine Mercy devotion could mean great things for World Youth Day this year, said the city’s... Read more

Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

What was JPII's secret to inspiring the youth? His mere presence, secretary says

Oct 7, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Ahead of next year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, the long-time secretary for Pope John Paul II explained how the... Read more

Pope Francis with two World Youth Day volunteers looks over St. Peter's Square July 26, 2015.

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

Jul 26, 2015

Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became... Read more

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

Jul 10, 2015

By Matt Hadro

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

Jan 7, 2015

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

Sep 18, 2014

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

Jul 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Feb 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

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

Aug 27, 2013

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

Aug 26, 2013

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

Aug 20, 2013

By Elise Harris

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'

Aug 19, 2013

By Elise Harris, Carl Bunderson

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

Aug 15, 2013

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

Aug 4, 2013

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

Aug 2, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Aug 1, 2013

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