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.
After a decade, the priest most involved with bringing WYD to Canada reflected on its significance.
Father Tom Rosica said WYD reinvigorates the Church in ways that become apparent over time: “We look for the deeper signs of the effect of World Youth Day... That is a reinvigorated young adult ministry, pastoral ministry for young people, university chaplaincies, renewed vocations: An awareness that the Church is alive and the Church is young, as Pope Benedict said so beautifully in his inauguration." Visit this article to read more.