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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
(Matthew 5:7)


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Pilgrimage to World Youth Day

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WYDUSA Leader Webinar

JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT WEBINAR: WYD Update Part 2, will take place Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2pm ET, 1pm CT, 12pm MT, 11am PT, 10am AT, and 9am HT.  Register for this Webinar now!

On January 14, 2016, the WYDUSA office hosted the WYD Update Part 1 webinar hosted by Paul Jarzembowski, WYDUSA Coordinator who provided information about WYD and answered various questions from the webinar participants. The WYD Update Part 1 webinar was recorded and is now available for viewing. The WYD Update Part 1 powerpoint used in this webinar is also available to download. Throughout the webinar, there were websites posted in the chat for further information on various topics. All those links have been compiled into a document that is now available for download.

For additional questions on this upcoming webinar, past webinars, or on any other matters related to World Youth Day 2016, please contact Betsy in the WYDUSA office in Washington, DC, at, or by calling 202-541-3044.

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USCCB World Youth Day Bishop Liaison on WYD 2016 Safety Concerns

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, spoke about safety concerns for pilgrims traveling to WYD. At the November General Meeting, he said:

In the wake of the recent international terrorist attacks, I want to assure you, our pilgrimage leaders, and the families of our pilgrims that we have taken extra measures to assure the safety and security of all World Youth Day travelers. Our USCCB World Youth Day office is working with the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, and the Embassy of Poland in the United States to ensure the protection of those making this international pilgrimage. We will continue to be diligent and proactive in all these matters and we will provide multiple opportunities for leader training in the coming months.

In light of the recent terror attacks and threats, the WYUSA office has released a Safety Notice for all pilgrims traveling to WYD. This document contains the most up to date information about safety in Krakow.

The WYDUSA office has a preexisting Safety and Awareness page. Check out WYD Krakow for continuous updates on safety in Krakow. The US State Department continuously updates travelers on advisories and provides resources for safety while traveling outside of the country. The US Consulate in Krakow and the US Embassy in Poland also have safety resources for those planning to travel to Poland.

If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please feel free to contact the WYDUSA office by phone, 202-541-3044, or email, You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook to receive the most recent updates about resources concerning pilgrim safety. 

World Youth Day Updates

The USCCB staff has developed several resources to assist bishops, group leaders, and pilgrims in their preparation for World Youth Day 2016. 

Guides for Pastoral Leaders

These guides are resources to assist bishops, group leaders, and pilgrims in their preparation for World Youth Day 2016.

World Youth Day USA International Pilgrim Leaders Guide: A guidebook for any pastoral leader coordinating a group of youth or young adults traveling to the international World Youth Day events in Krakow, Poland, in the summer of 2016.

World Youth Day USA Stateside Pilgrim Leaders Guide: A guidebook for any pastoral leader coordinating a stateside celebration for youth or young adults in their local parish, diocese, campus, or apostolic movement in the summer of 2016. 

World Youth Day USA Retreat Manual: A guidebook for any pastoral leader organizing retreats and spiritual formation for both stateside and international World Youth Day pilgrims, with templates focusing on pilgrimage, mercy, and mission. 

We invite you to pray the World Youth Day USA prayer as often as you are able, in the silence of your hearts, with friends, family, and fellow pilgrims. May you receive peace, wisdom, and protection through this prayer.


English Version of WYD 2016 Theme Song

The official English and Spanish versions of the 2016 World Youth Day song "Blogoslawieni Milosierni" (Blessed are the Merciful) are now available. This song was originally composed by Jakub Blycharz and focuses on the 2016 WYD theme (Mt 5:7) and the Jubilee of Mercy.

For WYD, the organizers strongly encourage all pilgrim groups to know "Blessed are the Merciful". They have put together sheet music and audio files available for free download for pilgrims. The song has been translated into multiple languages including English and Spanish


Pilgrim Year of Preparation Resources

Find the following resources to help guide and prepare you for World Youth Day:

PRAYER: The official World Youth Day Prayer for the United States

CALENDAR: The Pilgrim Year of Preparation Calendar

LOCAL SITES: Information on sites of Catholic heritage in the USA

WYDUSA OFFICIAL PATRON SAINTS: Information on the WYDUSA official patron saints

RESOURCES: Spiritual Preparation for WYD

STATESIDE GUIDE: Who says you have to go to Krakow to be a part of the WYD celebration? Here are some resources for planning Stateside celebrations


World Youth Day Event and Packing Logistics 

Check out our logistics pages for the week-long event in Krakow and for packing preparation. These pages will continually be updated as the event draws nearer.

World Youth Day 2016 Krakow Updates

Stay in the loop with Krakow 2016's latest plans, media, and much more by going to our World Youth Day Krakow site.

The Purpose of World Youth Day

Why do we celebrate World Youth Day? Check out our FAQs page to find out!

World Youth Day USA Store
International and stateside pilgrims can be united through WYDUSA prayer cards, posters, t-shirts, hoodies, water bottles, and much more, all at the online store.

World youth day Alumni Network

Are you an alumni of a past World Youth Day?  

Register to be part of the National WYDUSA Alumni Network.
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World Youth Day is not the destination, but one point along the pilgrimage of life. As a WYD alumni, you are still on that journey. Connect with other U.S. citizens who have participated in a World Youth Day event, either stateside or internationally, at least once in the past thirty years since these gatherings began in 1984. 

Over one-half million people in the USA have been to a World Youth Day event - are you one of them? If so, connect with the national alumni network today.

WORLD YOUTH DAY - rio 2013

Relive WYD Rio through Salt+Light's WYD Central blog.

Pope Francis waves beside Brazil's flag during a welcome ceremony at the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)The most recent international World Youth Day was held in late July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Over three million people from around the world descended onto Copacabana Beach for the final Mass of WYD that year. For those anticipating the next international event in Krakow, it may be good to see what happened in Rio as a benchmark for these incredible international gatherings. 

"Walking through the crowds gathering on Copacabana Beach I would hear chants and songs in so many languages, all praising God, proclaiming their faith in Jesus Christ, and expressing their deep love for the Church and the Holy Father.In a world that at times proclaims that faith and Church are irrelevant, I could only say . . .REALLY!  This certainly was not evident at this event"  -- Bishop Nelson J Perez 

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the USCCB World Youth Day Office with any questions you may have pertaining to World Youth Day, including information about pilgrim preparation and hosting stateside events. Additionally, if you are hosting a stateside event, consider submitting information for your event to be featured on our stateside activities page.

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