The Annual Global Celebration of Youth and Young Adults

on the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Christ the King Sunday)

On this feast day... the Church proclaims the Kingdom of Christ, already present, but still growing in all its mystery towards its full manifestation ... young people are indispensable bearers of the dynamics of the Kingdom of God, the hope of the Church and the world. - St. John Paul II

Pope Francis speaking

At the end of Mass on the Solemnity of Christ the King on 22 November 2020, Pope Francis called for a renewal of the global celebration of young people in the local churches in every diocese and eparchy. He also announced that, beginning in 2021, he would "transfer the diocesan celebration of WYD from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday. The center of the celebration remains the Mystery of Jesus Christ the Redeemer of Man, as Saint John Paul II, the initiator and patron of WYD, always emphasized."

Every Catholic faith community around the world is encouraged to celebrate and reflect on youth and young adults annually on Christ the King Sunday.

To support that celebration, the USCCB has published A National Pastoral Resource Guidebook for the Global Celebration of Young People, available here, among other helpful tools for local Catholic communities in the United States and beyond:

National Pastoral Guidebook for the Global Celebration of Young People

Webinars on Preparing for the Global Celebration

Pope Francis video message for vaccine ad campaign

"As we prepare for the next intercontinental edition of World Youth Day, I would also like to renew its celebration in the local Churches... I have decided, beginning next year, to transfer the diocesan celebration of WYD from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday... Dear young people, cry out with your life that Christ lives, that Christ reigns, that Christ is the Lord! If you keep silent, I tell you the very stones will cry out! (cf. Lk 19:40)." - Pope Francis, Homily for Christ the King Sunday Mass, November 22, 2020

Additional Resources from the USCCB

Annual Messages for Christ the King Sunday

  • 2021 Message: “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen." (cf. Acts 26:16)
  • 2020 Message: "Young man, I say to you, arise!" (Lk 7:14)

Additional Resources from the Vatican

Christ the King guidebook prayer