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Celebrating 10 Years since John Paul II's last World Youth Day: Toronto 2002

Last edited 22nd July 2012

23 July 2012 marks ten years since John Paul II led his last World Youth Day meeting. It took place in Toronto back in 2002. Despite his age, the Polish Pope showed inner strength and energy, while encouraging the youth to not fear the pain that life can bring. He also told them to seize the moment by striving to be saints, from a young age. Watch this video to watch some of the highlights of WYD2002!

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The Joshua Camp - A Mini 'World Youth Day’ during the London Olympics

Last edited 18th October 2012

From the 1-13 August, London will be hosting a mini 'World Youth Day’ just a 20-minute walk from the main Olympic site. The Joshua Camp will take place during the London Olympic and Paralympic games. This is an opportunity to join in and help to serve on projects of Hospitality, Service and Evangelisation in key churches across the city.

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Pope Benedict XVI's Palm Sunday Homily - World Youth Day 2012

Last edited 13th February 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

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Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the Twenty-Seventh World Youth Day 2012

Last edited 13th February 2013

World Youth Day is an annual event that takes place every year on Palm Sunday at a local level - and every 2-3 years at an international location (such as Sydney, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro). This year, World Youth Day will take place on Sunday 1 April 2012, and thousands of young people will gather at St. Peter's Basilica, to take part in the Holy Father's Palm Sunday Mass. Pope Benedict XVI has released his annual World Youth Day message - here is the full text:

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New Blog to Share Your World Youth Day Experience

Last edited 15th March 2012

Millions of people attended World Youth Day in Madrid. But, afterward a group of young adults asked “Now what do we do?” So, they all decided to take action and launch a blog, to post different experiences.

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World Youth Day Toronto: 10 Years Later

Last edited 24th February 2012

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.

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Madrid Youth Travel to Rome, Thank Pope for World Youth Day 2011

Last edited 14th February 2012

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.

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Cities Begin to Battle for World Youth Day after Rio de Janeiro 2013

Last edited 16th January 2012

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.

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Krakow Throws Hat in the Ring for World Youth Day 2015

Last edited 9th October 2011

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.

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World Youth Day - An Initiative of Blessed John Paul II

Last edited 7th August 2013

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!

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