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Read more about World Youth Day 2016 in the WYDUSA Office's news release.

World Youth Day Schedule

Check out the schedule for World Youth Day! This is an anticipated schedule of events during that week with U.S. time zone considerations for live viewing/recording in the United States. Times are subject to change. Please see the main World Youth Day website for updates.

Staying Connected: Live Streaming from WYD Krakow 2016

If you are celebrating World Youth Day in the United States instead of Krakow, check out our updates and livestreams from Krakow on the following sites: 

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Holding Statement on WYD 2016 Safety and Security
Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth

The World Youth Day office at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is aware of the recent summer European travel advisory issued by the United States Department of State ( and, in view of this, continues to encourage vigilance and responsibility on the part of all pilgrims and group leaders going to Europe for the World Youth Day (WYD) events in Krakow, Poland, this summer.

On May 31, 2016, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby noted, "(We are) not aware of any specific, credible terrorist threat around these events or in any particular place in Europe… We issue alerts all the time that aren't based on specific, credible attacks… We absolutely don't want to discourage travel or tourism to Europe. The Secretary (of State) has said himself, even in the wake of the Brussels attacks, that he would want and would hope that Americans continue to travel abroad to see the great sites of the world, to attend these kinds of events. We just want them to be aware and to be vigilant." He further noted that the summer alert was a renewal of a travel advisory that had been in place for the past several months. 

With this in mind, the delegation from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has no plans, at this time, to cancel its participation in World Youth Day. The bishops of the United States remain committed to fully participating in this international pilgrimage experience along with the Holy Father. Individual groups on the local level may make their own travel decisions regarding WYD attendance.

To aid pastoral leaders and families in their preparation, the USCCB World Youth Day office (WYDUSA) regularly posts updated safety and security information on its website ( and  The WYDUSA office also maintains an open line of communication with the U.S. State Department Consulate in Kraków and with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the United States, and continues to monitor and assess the situation.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Poland have released a special website with safety information for U.S. travelers to World Youth Day: U.S. pilgrims, leaders, and families may also contact the Krakow Consulate directly with any concerns at

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The USCCB World Youth Day Office (WYDUSA) is happy to collaborate with the Catholic Apostolate Center on its efforts for World Youth Day 2016, in particular with the engagement of pilgrimage leaders, sharing of valuable resources and tools, making connections with stateside celebrations, assisting with technology and WYDUSA webinars, hosting the website, and collaboration with national follow-up efforts beyond the WYD experience. 


National WYDUSA Alumni Network

Register to be part of the National WYDUSA Alumni Network.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! Find more information and resources on our NEW WYD Alumni Resources Page!



Check out these links for more resources on WYDUSA.

  • The WYDUSA office has teamed up with FLYTES to create a unique item for US Pilgrims to bring to where ever they are celebrating World Youth Day. Order yours today! 

  • As part of an official collaboration between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops World Youth Day Office, the Catholic Apostolate Center is assisting World Youth Day pilgrims and leaders in deepening their pilgrimage experience through blog posts, leader guides, and videos throughout the international festivities in Krakow. Check out each Wednesday for new content from bishops, pilgrim leaders, pastoral ministers, and pilgrims. Whether traveling to Krakow, attending a stateside celebration in your diocese or participating as an active digital pilgrim, we invite you to utilize our free resources to enrich your journey! 

  • Check out our blogs! Until WYD 2016, we will be releasing new blogs each week. These blogs are meant to help you spiritually prepare for WYD. Countdown to WYD Blog | WYD Wednesdays Blog 

  • Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati in a joyful pose. © Associazione Pier Giorgio Frassati, Rome. Used with permission.How well do you know the official patrons of WYDUSA? Check out our patron page for more information. Also, check out more information on Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati to help you climb "to the heights" on your WYD pilgrimage.

  • Use our Pilgrim Blessing to pray for and send your pilgrims to World Youth Day.

  • The city of Krakow has updated their website with resources for pilgrims. Krakow has developed this Pilgrim Guide retracing the steps of the saints. They have also released logistical information on where buses can and can't access the World Youth Day events.

  • Check out these 5 ways to practice Solidarity at World Youth Day.

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  • STATESIDE GUIDES: Not able to attended World Youth Day in Krakow? Use the Stateside Guides in English and Spanish or the Stateside Quick Guide to plan your own WYD event. Check out the Stateside Page, for ideas and events stateside.

  • GROUP LEADERS: If you are taking a group to Krakow, check out the International Pilgrimage and Retreat Manual. These guides were developed by WYD leaders for WYD leaders. Also, check out the Auschwitz Guide and Ecumenical Guide.

  • WYDUSA PILGRIM JOURNAL: The journal is for all pilgrims heading to Krakow in 2016, youth and young adults celebrating stateside or following along as a digital pilgrim - Order Now.

  • RETREAT GUIDE: How have you prepared your heart for World Youth Day? Check out the Retreat Guide to spiritually prepare for this once in a lifetime experience.

order guides AT 202-541-3044, or

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.

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

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