World Youth Day - An Initiative of Blessed John Paul II

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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CHRONICLE OF WORLD YOUTH DAYS

1984 Rome. Palm Sunday (15 April 1984)

  • International youth meeting on the occasion of the Holy Year of the Redemption.
  • The Pope presents and entrusts young people with the Cross (22 April 1984)
1985 Rome. Palm Sunday (31 March 1985)
  • International youth meeting on the occasion of International Youth Year.
  • The Holy Father addresses an Apostolic Letter to the youth of the world (31 March 1985)
  • He announces the institution of World Youth Day (20 December 1985)
1986 1st World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (23 March 1986)
  • Theme: “Always be prepared to make a defence to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1Pt 3:15)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (23 March 1986)
1987 2nd World Youth Day. Buenos Aires, Argentina (11-12 April 1987)
  • Theme:“We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves” (1Jn 4:16)
  • Celebration (international level): Buenos Aires, Argentina (11-12 April 1987)
1988 3rd World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (27 March 1988)
  • Theme: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (27 March 1988)
1989 4th World Youth Day. Santiago de Compostela, Spain (15-20 August 1989)
  • Theme: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6)
  • Celebration (international level): Santiago de Compostela, Spain (15-20 August 1989)
1990 5th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (8 April 1990)
  • Theme: “I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn 15:5)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (8 April 1990)
1991 6th World Youth Day. Czestochowa, Poland (10-15 August 1991)
  • Theme: “You have received a spirit of sonship” (Rom 8:15)
  • Celebration (international level): Czestochowa, Poland (10-15 August 1991)
1992 7th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (12 April 1992)
  • Theme: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mk 16:15)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (12 April 1992)
1993 8th World Youth Day. Denver, USA (10-15 August 1993)
  • Theme: “I came that they might have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10)
  • Celebration (international level): Denver, USA (10-15 August 1993)
1994 9th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (27 March 1994)
  • Theme: “As the Father sent me, so am I sending you” (Jn 20: 21)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (27 March 1994)
1995 10th World Youth Day. Manila, Philippines (10-15 January 1995)
  • Theme: “As the Father sent me, so am I sending you” (Jn 20: 21)
  • Celebration (international level): Manila, Philippines (10-15 January 1995)
1996 11th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (31 March 1996)
  • Theme: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (31 March 1996)
1997 12th World Youth Day. Paris, France (19-24 August 1997)
  • Theme: “Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see” (cf. Jn 1:38-39)
  • Celebration (international level): Paris, France (19-24 August 1997)
1998 13th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (5 April 1998)
  • Theme: “The Holy Spirit will teach you all things” (cf Jn 14:26 )
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (5 April 1998)
1999 14th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (28 March 1999)
  • Theme: “The Father loves you” (cf. Jn 16:27)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (28 March 1999)
2000 15th World Youth Day - Youth Jubilee. Rome, Italy (15-20 August 2000)
  • Theme: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14)
  • Celebration (international level): Rome, Italy (15-20 August 2000)
2001 16th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (8 April 2011)
  • Theme: ““If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Lk 9:23)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (8 April)
2002 17th World Youth Day. Toronto, Canada (23-28 July 2002)
  • Theme: "You are the salt of the earth ... you are the light of the world" (Mt 5: 13,14)
  • Celebration (international level): Toronto, Canada (23-28 July 2002)
2003 18th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (13 April 2003)
  • Theme: "Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19,27)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (13 April)
2004 19th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (4 April 2004)
  • Theme: "We wish to see Jesus" (Jn 12,21)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (4 April)
2005 20th World Youth Day. Cologne, Germany (August 16-21 2005)
  • Theme: "We have come to worship Him" (Mt 2,2)
  • Celebration (international level): Cologne, Germany (August 16-21 2005)
2006 21st World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (9 April 2006)
  • Theme: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps 119, 105)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (9 April)
2007 22nd World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (8 April)
  • Theme: "Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another" (Jn 13, 34)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (8 April)
2008 23rd World Youth Day. Sydney, Australia (15-20 July 2008)
  • Theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1, 8)
  • Celebration (international level): Sydney, Australia (15-20 July 2008)
2009 24th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (5 April 2009)
  • Theme: "We have set our hope on the living God" (1 Tm 4:10)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (5 April)
2010 25th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (28 March 2010)
  • Theme: "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mk 10:17)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (28 March)
2011 26th World Youth Day. Madrid, Spain (16-21 August 2011)
  • Theme: "Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith" (cf Col 2:7)
  • Celebration (international level): Madrid, Spain (16-21 August 2011)
2012 27th World Youth Day. Palm Sunday (1 April 2012)
  • Theme: “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4)
  • Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (1 April)
2013 28th World Youth Day. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (23-28 July 2013)
  • Theme: "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19)
  • Celebration (international level): Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (23-28 July 2013)
Pope Francis has announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in 2016 in Kraków, Poland!


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