This year marks the 10th anniversary of the last World Youth Day attended by Pope John Paul II, which happened in Toronto, Canada. The theme of the 2002 event was "You are the salt of the earth ... you are the light of the world", and it brought nearly half a million people to the city.
On 2 April 2012, Pope Benedict XVI will meet with young people from Madrid, who will thank the Pope for choosing Madrid to host the last World Youth Day and, above all, for the fruits produced by his trip to Spain.
World Youth Day in Rio is still over a year away, but some cities are already putting their name out, hoping to host the World Youth Day after Brazil. Right now the most popular city is Krakow, Poland. London is also on the list, and others would like to see World Youth Day go to Asia. Also being considered are countries such as India, Honduras, Latvia, and Peru. Also an African country is in the picture for World Youth Day after the pope's visits to Benin, Cameroon and Angola.
According to the Polish press, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, personal secretary of Pope John Paul II, has proposed for Krakow to host World Youth Day 2015. Krakow will have to compete with candidates such as Lithuania and Mexico.
World Youth Day is a Catholic event for youth celebrated on Palm Sunday each year at the diocesan level, and every few years at an international location. It was founded by Blessed John Paul II in 1984, and has since spanned generations of pilgrims. Watch this video to learn more!
Many of us are only familiar with the big international World Youth Days that occur every 2-3 years in different cities around the world. But did you know that Palm Sunday is also World Youth Day? Dioceses around the world are therefore invited to celebrate the next WYD on Palm Sunday 2012 - and Pope Benedict XVi has announced the themes for both the 2012 and 2013 WYDs!
Benedict XVI's first World Youth Day in 2005 was also his first papal trip. He left for his native country, to Cologne, Germany. Watch this video to learn more about Pope Benedict XVI's WYD legacy!
World Youth Day 2011 will be Pope Benedict XVI's 20th international trip in his 6 years has Pope - and the country that will hold the title for the most visits is Spain! WYD in Madrid, will be the Pope's third visit to Spain. Watch this video for more.
A group of young Melbournians on their way to World Youth Day in Madrid have become the first contingent of Australian pilgrims to stay at Rome's newly-opened, Domus Australia. And the verdict was a unanimous "thumbs up." Visit this article to read more about Domus Australia, and the journey to WYD Madrid!
More than half of the priests who were ordained in the U.S. in 2011 were between the ages of 25 and 34, according to a report released by the American Conference of Catholic Bishops. About 480 priests were ordained this year and roughly 20 percent of them attended World Youth Day at one time in their lives!
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