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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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Saint John Paul II – 10 Great World Youth Day Quotes
Last edited 20th June 2014

World Youth Day was founded in 1984 by Saint John Paul II. 30 years later, World Youth Day has travelled the globe, and young people everywhere encountered the spirit of John Paul II. As we prepare for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland - the land of John Paul II - here are some of the most popular quotes said by this beloved Saint during World Youth Days.

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Pope Francis to Senegal Youth: Pray for Peace
Last edited 12th February 2014

Pope Francis asked the young people of West Africa to pray for peace in the world, “particularly in the region of Casamance.” The message of the Holy Father to the 2014 Inter-Territorial World Youth Days in Senegal was read out by the Apostolic Nuncio to Senegal, Archbishop Loius Mariano Montemayor.

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New Research Explores Impact of WYD on Pilgrims - Please Fill Out This Survey!
Last edited 8th October 2013

What draws young people to World Youth Day, and how does it impact on their lives? In a bid to find out, Anthony Cleary, Director of Religious Education and Evangelisation for the Archdiocese of Sydney's Catholic Education Office has conducted interviews with more than 200 Australian pilgrims who attended WYD in Madrid and surveyed more than 1000.

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Popes Put Personal Stamp on World Youth Day Celebrations
Last edited 10th July 2013

Blessed John Paul II rallied young Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI instructed them and Pope Francis is preparing to send them out on mission. When he travels to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, Pope Francis - the former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina - will be continuing a tradition begun by Blessed John Paul in Buenos Aires in 1987, gathering Catholic youths from around the world together for several intense days of faith-building and celebration.

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An Anthem of WYD Anthems
Last edited 3rd July 2013

Can you list the names of all the World Youth Day official songs? Here is a handy way to remember them... with thanks to Fr. Johny Arattukulam from Sydney.

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A Beautiful Love Story Started at World Youth Day Denver
Last edited 17th April 2013

A brief look at the story of how JMJ YOUTH came together from the experience of two pilgrims. It started in World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado. The rest, is history!


When the Pope celebrated Mass at World Youth Day why did the Deacon read the Gospel?
Last edited 24th July 2012

When a deacon is present at the Celebration of the Eucharist, he has some special duties that he is responsible for. These duties include proclaiming the Gospel (and possibly the homily), praying the General Intercessions, assisting in the distribution of Communion, and carrying out other liturgical duties as necessary. So although at World Youth Day there were tons of priests that could have proclaimed the Gospel, it is the rightful duty of the deacon to do so, if there is a deacon present at the Mass.


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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