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Pope Francis prays during the benediction at a July 30 World Youth Day prayer vigil at the Field of Mercy in Krakow, Poland. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)For more resources to help you with your journey beyond World Youth Day, check out! Whether you traveled to Krakow, attended a stateside celebration in your diocese, or participated as a digital pilgrim, we invite you to check out our various resources.

Also, check out our page on Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Leader Guidebooks

These guides are resources to assist bishops, group leaders, and pilgrims in their preparation for World Youth Day 2019. Also, these guides all have additional ideas for post-World Youth Day 2019 retreats and wrap up. If you would like a hard copy of these guides, please contact the WYDUSA office at 202-541-3044 or by emailing The cost of these guides will include the printing and shipping cost.

World Youth Day USA International Leader Guide: A guidebook for any pastoral leader coordinating a group of youth or young adults traveling to the international World Youth Day events in Panama, in January 2019. PDF

World Youth Day USA Stateside Leader 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 January 2019. PDF

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, celebrates the opening Mass for World Youth Day July 26 at Blonia Park in Krakow. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)Official WYD Song "Blest are the Merciful"

The official English and Spanish versions of the 2016 World Youth Day song "Blogoslawieni Milosierni" (Blest 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 "Blest 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 your spiritual journey beyond World Youth Day:

5 Ways to Practice Solidarity at World Youth Day: Use these tips to grow in understanding of Solidarity while at WYD

WYDUSA PILGRIM BLESSING: Use this guide to pray for and send off pilgrims before they head to a WYD celebration.

AUSCHWITZ GUIDE: Information about the Concentration Camps in Poland

ECUMENICAL GUIDE: Information and resources on how you can share your experience of WYD with other faiths

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? Use our Stateside Guide to help plan a WYD gathering in your area! English PDF | Spanish PDF | English Ebook | Spanish Ebook


The WYDUSA office at the USCCB has developed a logo to unite all USA pilgrims as they travel to Krakow or celebrate Stateside. We encourage groups to use our logo on their pilgrim gear as they prepare to celebrate WYD. 


The World Youth Day USA (WYDUSA) logo is the property of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, developed for the purpose of bringing solidarity and unity to World Youth Day pilgrims from across the United States of America, including those who travel to the international gatherings and those who celebrate digitally and stateside, as well as WYDUSA "alumni," that is, those from the United States who have experienced an international or stateside World Youth Day gathering in the past.
1. Local parishes and dioceses can use the logo as-is, with the TM (trademark) designation.
2. Local parishes and dioceses can only use the logo for informational and promotional purposes, not product development.
3. No alterations may be done with the logo: the WYD/USA must be at the same level/proportion as the cross-and-flag design; the color and lettering must remain the same as it is in the original logo.
4. Other designs for local reasons may be used, but the WYDUSA logo™ must remain on its own in the same format received.

The WYDUSA logo packs a lot of meaning for US pilgrims. Check out meaning of the official WYDUSA Logo™

We encourage all US Pilgrim groups to wear our logo during their pilgrimage to a WYD celebration. You can buy pilgrim's swag that is officially license with the WYDUSA office from the WYDUSA Store. You can also download the WYDUSA Logo™ or email to request an image of the WYDUSA Logo™.

Additional Resources

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.

WYD Stateside Celebrations

Unable to make it to Krakow? Check out our Stateside Celebration page for a stateside celebration near you or use our Stateside Guide to plan your own celebration!

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