World Youth Day
World Youth Day (WYD) is a celebration of the faith of the World’s young people led by Pope Francis. Every WYD is hosted in a different country, enabling the youth to share their faith and culture with those who have journeyed from other nations.
Usually taking place every 3 years, the last WYD took place in July 2016 in Krakow, Poland, with the theme of "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:8).
Every young Catholic is personally invited by the Pope to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity, a festival of faith and friendship. This life-changing experience is a chance to witness, share and develop your faith with the youth of the universal church.
The whole of the host nation embraces WYD, and during the first week we are hosted by families in other parts of the country. Known as ‘Days in the Diocese’, the week presents us with the opportunity to live in community, actively be involved in a different culture, learn about how they celebrate their faith, learn the language, sample local cuisine, and form friendships that last for a lifetime.
The second week takes place in the host city, where millions gather to take part in an opening mass with the Pope. Throughout the week we have the chance to take part in activities and explore aspects of our faith that aren’t available at home, such as praise & worship concerts, Taize, huge gatherings to listen to world renowned speakers, as well as events led by the Pope. The whole World Youth Day builds up to and culminates in an overnight vigil with all of the other pilgrims and a final mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the Sunday morning. It is an opportunity not to be missed.