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A Look Back at World Youth Day 25 Years Ago!
Last edited 19th August 2014

Twenty five years have passed since Pope John Paul II celebrated World Youth Day in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. On August 18th and 19th, 1989 the Pope led the celebration along with more than 500,000 youths. It was the first time Spain hosted WYD. The theme was "I am the Way, the Truth and Life.'


Effects of World Youth Days and Australian Catholic Youth Festivals - A Paper by Bishop Anthony Fisher
Last edited 13th August 2014

Since around 2000 and especially since the World Youth Day (WYD) in Sydney in 2008, the Church in Australia has put a lot of energy into promoting the attendance of young people at the WYDs held internationally every three years. Australia has also now begun its own cycle of national events (the Australian Catholic Youth Festivals or ACYFs), also slated to occur every three years and modelled substantially on WYD.

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The Blessings Project - Video Reflection on the Beatitudes
Last edited 7th August 2014

Check out this beautiful video collage created by one of our Xt3 members using photos of refugees and backed by a song based on the Beatitudes. The theme for WYD 2016 is the beatitude “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy."


Memories of WYD2013 One Year On - "Lord I Need You"
Last edited 30th July 2014

Exactly one year ago, pilgrims were begging to depart from Rio de Janeiro at the close of an incredible World Youth Day week. Perhaps one of the most beautiful and moving moments of the whole week was American singer Matt Maher singing "Lord I Need You" as Pope Francis prayed on his knees before the Blessed Sacrament at Copacabana Beach. As we celebrate one year since WYD2013, re-live this incredible moment in this video!

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What Does the World Youth Day 2016 Logo Mean?
Last edited 22nd July 2014

The logo for WYD Krakow 2016 is enclosed in the outline of Poland. In its center there is a cross which represents Jesus Christ who is the centre of the meeting. Yellow circle marks Krakow on the map of Poland and also represents the youth. The spark of the Divine Mercy flows out of the cross, its shape and color refer to the painting 'Jesus I Trust In You'.

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World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney - 6 Years On
Last edited 15th July 2014

15 July 2014 marks exactly six years since the opening Mass for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney! Were you there?

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Auckland Diocese Celebrates World Youth Day
Last edited 11th July 2014

In the Auckland Diocese they celebrate a local World Youth Day every July (normally in the middle weekend of the school holidays). This years WYD Auckland Experience will be held on 12 and 13 July.

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Downloadable World Youth Day 2016 Prayer Card
Last edited 4th July 2014

The World Youth Day 2016 logo and prayer have been released for WYD in Kraków and Xt3.com has created a downloadable prayer card for you to print so you can pray the WYD prayer on a regular basis.


Official Prayer for World Youth Day 2016, Kraków
Last edited 4th July 2014

God, merciful Father,

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World Youth Day Logo and Text Announced
Last edited 3rd July 2014

The logo and prayer focus on the theme chosen by Pope Francis from the Gospel of Matthew: 'Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.' The logo, created by Monika Rybczynska, 28, with help from Emilia Pyza, 26, features a red and blue flame of Divine Mercy flowing from a gold cross that is surrounded by a red outline of the map of Poland. A gold dot represents the city of Krakow on the map and symbolizes the youth.


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