World Youth Day (WYD) is a Catholic event for youth celebrated on Palm Sunday each year at the diocesan level, and every few years at an international location. It was founded by St John Paul II in 1984, and has since spanned generations of pilgrims.
World Youth Day is more than just a meeting drawing thousands or even millions of young people. WYD is a testimony of a living Church that is continually being renewed. Youth are the protagonists of this meeting of faith, hope and unity. The main goal of WYD is to let youth know about the message of Jesus Christ, in the context of a joyful meeting of the Pope, young people and leaders of the Church. It is also true that through young people of faith the young ‘face’ of Jesus is shown to the world.
|1987||Buenos Aires, Argentina||1,000,000||We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves. Jn 4:16|
|1989||Santiago de Compostela, Spain||400,000||1989 Santiago de Compostela, Spain 400,000 I am the way, the truth, and the life. Jn 14:6|
|1991||Czestochowa, Poland||1,600,000||You have received a spirit of sonship. Romans 8:15|
|1993||Denver, USA||500,000||I came that they might have life, and have it to the full. Jn 10:10|
|1995||Manila, Philippines||5,000,000||As the Father sent me, so am I sending you. Jn 20:21|
|1997||Paris, France||1,200,000||Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see. Jn 1:38-39|
|2000||Rome, Italy||2,000,000||Jubilee – The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Jn 1:14|
|2002||Toronto, Canada||800,000||You are the salt of the earth; You are the light of the world. Mt 5:13-14|
|2005||Cologne, Germany||1,200,000||We have come to worship him. Mt 2:2|
|2008||Sydney, Australia||500,000||You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses. Acts 1:8|
|2011||Madrid, Spain||2,200,000||Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith. Col 2:|
|2013||Rio de Janeiro||3,600,000||Go and Make Disciples of All Nations. Mt 28:19|
|2016||Krakow, Poland||2,400,000||Blessed are the merciful; for they shall receive mercy. Mt 5.7|
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