The 34th World Youth Day
Beginning in 1985 under the papacy of St John Paul II, World Youth Day normally takes place each year on Palm Sunday. Every few years a major WYD event takes place and is hosted by a different country. Previous events have been held in the USA, Brazil, the Philippines, and Australia. The theme for this World Youth Day celebration is:
"I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
OFFICIAL THEME SONG
An unforgettable experience
World Youth Day is characterized by the joy that young people bring for being together. The time spent at WYD isn’t just an exciting holiday though – it’s a pilgrimage of faith. The journey of WYD is one where every young person is invited to go beyond themselves, outside of what’s normal and comfortable, so that they can encounter Jesus Christ in new places, people and experiences.
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Dear young people, God is watching over you and calling you… Like the young woman of Nazareth, you can improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history.
Pope Francis, 2017 Lenten Message in Anticipation of WYD 2019