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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.


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.


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.


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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Themes for WYD 2012 (Palm Sunday) and WYD 2013
Last edited 26th August 2011

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!

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The History of Benedict XVI and World Youth Days
Last edited 22nd August 2011

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!


The Country the Pope has Visited the Most is Spain
Last edited 16th August 2011

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.


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