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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.