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Pope calls grieving mother of son who died at WYD: ‘He comforted me as if he were my dad’

Aug 19, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

Pope Francis called the mother of a young man, Luca Re Sartù, 24, who has passed away after apparently contracting... Read more

An estimated 200,000 people attended the pope's rosary in Fatima, Portugal, on Aug. 5, 2023.

10 of the most touching moments of World Youth Day 2023

Aug 7, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

There were so many beautiful moments during WYD in Lisbon. Here are some of the most memorable that may continue... Read more

Speaking from World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, the “City of Joy,” a Iesu Communio (Communion in Jesus) sister shares her vocation story with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner.

Religious sister tells how she discovered her vocation at a WYD thanks to Benedict XVI

The sister related that Pope Benedict XVI spoke “of the Eucharist as a ‘kiss’ and of adoration as a prostration... Read more

From left to right: Sister Mary Grace of the Sorrowful, Sister Mariana of the Wounds of Jesus, the Mother Superior Alma Ruth, and Sister Mary Magdalene of the Sacred Heart.

These cloistered nuns who never leave the convent are at WYD for the first time

Aug 4, 2023

By Walter Sánchez Silva

They never (or almost never) leave the convent, but one lively group of cloistered nuns is participating for the first... Read more

A street in the Mouraria district of Lisbon, Portugal.

What’s so unique about Mouraria, the Lisbon neighborhood mentioned by Pope Francis this week?

Aug 4, 2023

By ACI Digital

The approximately 6,000 inhabitants of the neighborhood today come from dozens of different countries. Read more

Spanish Carmelite Pablo María de la Cruz on the day of his religious profession.

Pope receives posthumous letter from young Carmelite who wanted to attend WYD

Aug 4, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

In the letter, Pablo María de la Cruz expressed to the pope his desire to have participated in WYD in... Read more

Pope Francis makes his way past crowds of thousands on his way to the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 3, 2023.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis’ first World Youth Day speech, ‘God’s heart beats uniquely for you’

Approximately 500,000 people celebrated Pope Francis’ arrival at World Youth Day. Read more

Pope Francis and José María Del Corral, president of the Scholas Occurrentes youth movement, smile during a meeting with the group's volunteers in Cascais, Portugal, on Aug. 3, 2023.

‘Attend to the planet and poor,’ Pope Francis urges college students

Aug 3, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

Pope Francis began his second day in Portugal with a meeting with Catholic students and members of an educational youth... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily at vespers at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023.

Pope Francis makes urgent call to recover eucharistic adoration in the Church

Aug 2, 2023

By Diego López Marina

“Only in adoration, only before the Lord can the taste and passion for evangelization be recovered,” the pontiff said during... Read more

Justina, a young Korean woman who was recently baptized and entered the Catholic Church, explained that she decided to participate in World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon “for many reasons. But I really wanted to see the pope.”

Recently baptized Korean woman comes to WYD to get to know Catholic community

“It’s just so amazing to see all the Catholic youth from all over the world gathered here together through the... Read more

Pope Francis participates in vespers at Jerónimos Monastery in Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023.

‘Sail boldly into sea of evangelization,’ pope tells clergy, religious in Lisbon

Aug 2, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The Holy Father encouraged Church leaders in Portugal to overcome discouragement by spending time in adoration. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Belém Cultural Center in Lisbon upon his arrival for World Youth Day on Aug. 2, 2023.

World Youth Day 2023: Pope Francis arrives in Lisbon, ‘a city of encounter’ in a divided world

Aug 2, 2023

By Daniel Payne

“Young people ... who long for unity, peace, and fraternity, urge us to make their good dreams come true,” the... Read more


As World Youth Day kicks off, ACN champions cause of persecuted Christians worldwide

Aug 1, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The aim is to encourage pilgrims and participants to actively support the suffering Church in their own countries. Read more

Participants at World Youth Day 2023 in in Lisbon, Portugal.

World Youth Day: 96% of pilgrims think gatherings contribute to evangelization

Jul 31, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

Among the motivations for attending the international meeting with the pope is “encountering Jesus Christ” followed by “living new experiences.” Read more

Daiane Silva Pereira, 29, has been to every World Youth Day that Pope Francis has attended. Each of them played an important role in her discernment of religious life and now she's in Lisbon for WYD 2023 as a member of the religious community Comunidade Canção Nova.

Brazilian missionary developed her vocation by following Pope Francis’ WYD events

Jul 31, 2023

By ACI Digital

Daiane Silva Pereira has been to three World Youth Days and is now at WYD Lisbon with members of her... Read more

Outdoor Mass with the WYD Lisbon 2023 volunteers as they prepare for World Youth Day to begin Aug 2.

8 unique things to know about World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon

Jul 30, 2023

By Clara Raimundo

As pilgrims stream into Portugal for World Youth Day in Lisbon, here’s a preview of some of the more interesting... Read more

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

Here are answers to your questions about World Youth Day 2023

Jul 28, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

As WYD2023 in Lisbon draws near, we’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions about this international event. Read more

World Youth Day 2023 headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal.

As WYD in Lisbon is set to begin, volunteers express excitement and ‘immense joy’

Jul 27, 2023

By Clara Raimundo

Volunteers working tirelessly at World Youth Day headquarters in Lisbon are getting ready to welcome participants from across the world. Read more

Portuguese pilgrims at WYD 2019, excited that their home country is set to host the next World Youth Day.

Here’s how many American pilgrims are headed to World Youth Day in Lisbon

Jul 24, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Pope Francis will be joining the pilgrims at World Youth Day Aug. 1–6, which has the theme “Mary arose and... Read more

Pope Francis invited young people from Portugal to join him in the window of the Apostolic Palace for the World Youth Day announcement in October 2022.

Pope Francis expected to meet with abuse victims at World Youth Day in Portugal

Jul 21, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Holy Father will meet with victims as part of his multi-day visit to Lisbon, Portugal, in early August.  Read more