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April 13, 2014 - Rome & Locally
March 29, 2015 - Rome & Locally
July 26-31, 2016
- Krakow, Poland

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3)

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World Youth Day: The Journey Continues

World Youth Day 2014:  Sunday, April 13, 2014
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 5:3)
To be celebrated locally in each diocese around the world.

* Read the Holy Father's 2014 World Youth Day message.

World Youth Day 2015:  Sunday, March 29, 2015
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." (Mt. 5:8)
To be celebrated locally in each diocese around the world.

World Youth Day 2016:  July 26 to July 31, 2016
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy." (Mt. 5:7)
To be celebrated internationally in Krakow, Poland

World Youth Day is not just a day or an experience, but an ongoing pilgrimage of faith for young people.  These special days and celebrations are meant to rejuvenate and reinvigorate the spiritual life of youth and young adults along their pilgrim journey, which ultimately leads to Christ Jesus.

World Youth Day 2013 - Official Prayer

O Father, You sent Your Eternal Son to save the world and chose men and women, through Him, with Him and in Him, to proclaim the Good News to all nations. Grant us the graces necessary so that joy may shine in the faces of all young people, the joy of being, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the evangelists the Church needs in the Third Millennium. 

O Christ, Redeemer of humanity, the image of Your open arms on the top of Corcovado welcomes all people. In Your paschal offering, You brought us by the Holy Spirit to an encounter of sonship with the Father. Young people, who are fed by Eucharist, hear You in Your Word and meet You as their brother, need your infinite mercy to run the paths of the world missionary-disciples of the New Evangelization. 

O Holy Spirit, Love of the Father and the Son, with the splendor of Your Truth and the fire of Your Love, send Your Light to all young people so that, driven by their experience of World Youth Day, they may bring to the four corners of the world faith, hope and charity, becoming great builders of a culture of life and peace and catalysts of a new world. 


See also: Patrons and Intercessors of WYD 2013

Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985, as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith.  The event is observed annually in dioceses and every three years at an international gathering.

The purpose of World Youth Day is threefold

  1. Putting Trust in the Young
    World Youth Day is a coming together of young adults from the four corners of the world and a strong reminder of the strength and confidence the young bring to the Church today.

  2. Gathering Together
    World Youth Day is not simply a gathering for the young people of the world, but a time to put trust in the world's youth. A calling for the world's youth to come together as one people.

  3. Meeting the International World on a Human Level
    It is still a marvel in this the 21st Century to exchange with others and to be a part of an international experience. International events are able to stir much hope but also many fears (increase in fundamentalism, nationalism and other new conflicts. . .) The Church and Christians themselves have a role to play in preventing the development of these fears, and in aiding each person in finding their way and discovering hope.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the USCCB World Youth Day Office with any questions you may have pertaining to World Youth Day this year and into the future.

Phone: (202) 541-3044 | E-mail:

Also, check out the World Youth Day 2013 Frequently Asked Questions Page.

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