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(Matthew 5:7)


WYDUSA: The United States
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Alternative WYD Celebrations


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World Youth Day is bigger than the physical gathering of the Holy Father with hundreds of thousands of young people from across the world.  World Youth Day is a call to all Catholic youth and young adults to renew their faith in Christ and prepare themselves for the work of the new evangelization that lies ahead; whether they are able to make the trip to the host city or choose to celebrate it in their home diocese. 

With WYD 2016 in Krakow quickly approaching, many dioceses throughout the United States, as they have in years past, have already begun planning and organizing local, stateside celebrations to be held concurrently with the events in Krakow. Some of these celebrations last one to many days, depending on location.

As no definite information has been given at this time from any diocese regarding their plans for the summer of 2016, we do not have any information at this time. So please check back in soon.

Coming Soon:  the USCCB will be developing some planning resources this coming year to assist parishes, campuses, and dioceses who are interested in hosting their own Stateside WYD Celebration in 2016. If you're interested in these resources when they become available, contact or call 202-541-3044.


Also, if you cannot make it to any of the local events, you can still follow World Youth Day digitally, as we will offer multiple updates, photos, and reflections from Krakow, through our various social media outlets. In the mean time stay connected with us at home, your office, your school, on your mobile device wherever you may be.

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