What You Should Know: World Youth Day

What You Should Know: World Youth Day

World Youth Day was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985. Its concept has been influenced by the Light-Life Movement that has existed in Poland since the 1960s, where during summer camps Catholic young adults over 13 days of camp celebrated a "day of community". For the first celebration of WYD in 1986, bishops were invited to schedule an annual youth event to be held every Palm Sunday in their dioceses.

What is World Youth Day?

World Youth Day or WYD was created by Pope John Paul II to be an event for Catholic youth to come together. While the day-to-day theme is usually on faith, respect, and joy, themes have also included family, ecology, and peace. In 2019, the theme is "Young people, faith and concrete challenges" and will be marked by large gatherings throughout the weekend. Why should I participate? One of the biggest reasons to attend is the blessing it brings to the youth to know that they are not alone in their faith. There is a feeling of community throughout the whole event that, while often overshadowed, is not really present on your average weekend in the United States. What should I wear? Stay away from jeans and go for something more colorful and interesting.

Why does World Youth Day exist?

Pope John Paul II saw the need for an international gathering to which young people would come from around the world. His vision for the event was to bring the church closer to a younger, and more global, membership. During his time as Pope, John Paul II called an international youth convention in 1985 in which he proclaimed World Youth Day an annual event that would include a gathering for young people in the Year of Youth. When is World Youth Day? World Youth Day is celebrated each year at a different location in the world, on the first Sunday in January. The first time this happened was in 1985 when it was held in Lisbon, Portugal. In 1989, the event was held in Bangkok, Thailand, and in 1991 in Mexico City. In 1995, the event was again held in Lisbon.

What makes World Youth Day different?

The event is open to youth from all around the world. It is a tradition to send pilgrims from each diocese in the world. The first Pope to come to World Youth Day was the late Pope John Paul II in 1985. He was followed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008. People who visit World Youth Day are looking for spirituality. They have come to the event to try new things and gain new spiritual experiences. There are many different spiritual retreats to attend as well. You can find a list here. Some of the retreats that take place over the course of the four-day event include the Ignatian Spirituality Retreat, Ignatian Experience, and the Ignatian Spirituality Retreat. If you want to attend the spiritual retreats, you need to check in before 3 p.m. on the first day of the event.

Who was Pope John Paul II?

Popes John Paul II and Pope Francis were the only popes to be crowned in Castel Gandolfo. John Paul II is the longest-serving pope in history and the first pope in history to resign. The name of John Paul II is made up of the names of Saint John Paul I and the pope that followed him, his immediate predecessor Pope John XXIII. During his life, he became known as the “People’s Pope” for his wide support in Poland. His Polish roots made him one of the most popular popes in history. Pope John Paul II is remembered for his tolerance and openness towards people of different religions and even the physically handicapped. He was also known for his world travel, charitable donations, and use of the internet.

Why do we celebrate World Youth Day?

International Youth Day (IYD) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The first IYD was observed on 12 August 2000.

It is an opportunity to gather as the Church through young people in a celebration and fellowship. WYD aims to attract young people from all the nations and cultures of the Church. The Church exists in a global context in which many cultures and nations share values, but often have very different ways of living these values. WYD aims to provide an opportunity for young people to come together in a simple way to share experiences and their faith and to experience prayer and praise together. The program includes also spiritual reflection and devotion, picnics, catechesis, sports, friendship, mutual learning, and charitable works.


If you want to learn about Catholicism in Poland, these articles will give you a general understanding of the country. You’ll learn about Catholicism as it is practiced today in Poland, along with the faith of prior generations. The next article in this series will discuss Poland’s Christian history, the church hierarchy, and the many parishes that exist throughout the country. Want to learn more about the history of the Catholic Church? Read The Church that Made the World.

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