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Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015.

It's official: Pope Francis will travel to World Youth Day, visit Fatima

May 22, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Lisbon trip will mark the 86-year-old pope’s fourth World Youth Day after taking part in the international Catholic gatherings... Read more

St. John Paul II in 1978.

St. John Paul II and Blessed Carlo Acutis named among patrons of World Youth Day 2023

May 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Virgin Mary will be the “patroness par excellence” of the youth gathering. 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

Feb 9, 2021

By Luke Coppen

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:

Theme song unveiled for next World Youth Day in Lisbon

Jan 27, 2021

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’

Nov 13, 2020

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

Oct 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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,

Preparations resume for World Youth Day in Portugal

Sep 9, 2020

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 announces Marian theme of World Youth Day 2022 in Lisbon

Jun 22, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Jan 27, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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