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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to attend the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony July 28 at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Portugal announces the dates for WYD 2023

The World Youth Day Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has announced that WYD 2023 in Lisbon will take place Tuesday to Sunday, August 1 to 6, 2023 (concluding with the feast of the Transfiguration). More information about this World Youth Day news can be found at the official WYD website in English, available at this link.


U.S. Bishops invite young people to join celebration for WYD 2023

OCTOBER 8, 2021, WASHINGTON DC - Lisbon, Portugal will be the host of the next international World Youth Day (WYD), from August 1 to 6, 2023. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, and Bishop Edward J. Burns of Dallas, the USCCB’s episcopal liaison to World Youth Day, released a statement expressing solidarity with Pope Francis and the universal Church as anticipation builds for the major international event.

“We are overjoyed to now have the dates we can look forward to when millions of people will come together and join the Holy Father for World Youth Day in Lisbon in August 2023.

“We hope that many from the U.S. will participate, and we invite all youth and young adults – in fact, every person age 16 to 35 in the United States – to join us. Whether you plan to travel to Lisbon, participate through digital media, or join your peers at one of many local celebrations taking place in dioceses across the country, we want you to be part of this moment in the life of the Church.

“It is providential that the WYD Mass with the Holy Father will take place on the feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 2023. The experience of Peter, James, and John at the Transfiguration was a pivotal moment of transformation for them. We hope that WYD will have a similar impact on young people today, no matter where or how they make this pilgrimage to celebrate this special international festival of faith.”

See the media release on this statement at this link here.

Panama Passes the World Youth Day Cross to Lisbon

On November 18, 2020, ten young people from Portugal arrived at the Vatican to accept the World Youth Day Cross and the Icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani from Pope Francis during mass celebrating the Feast of Christ the King. Read more here

Listen to Pope Francis' Homily from the Mass

The World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 Theme Song

On Wednesday, January 27th, the official theme song for World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 was released. The song is entitled "Há Pressa no Ar” inspired by the theme for World Youth Day 2023. “Há Pressa no Ar” has lyrics by João Paulo Vaz, a priest, and music by Pedro Ferreira, teacher, and musician, both from the Diocese of Coimbra, in the centre region of Portugal. The arrangements were made by the musician Carlos Garcia. 

Two versions of the song were. recorded: one in Portuguese and one international version that is sung in Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, and Italian. The idea behind the song is that young people will identify with Mary to serve and transform the world)

Listen to the Official Theme Song here (English)

Listen to the Official Theme Song here (Portuguese)

The Official WYD Website is Now Live!

You can visit it here (at www.lisboa2023.org) for information regarding the international celebration in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2023. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, the official dates of World Youth Day 2020 will not be announced until more details about the pandemic and the vaccine are understood. The organizers anticipate being able to release the date sometime in 2021.