So What is it? World Youth Day 2016

World Youth Day is an international meeting of youth from all over the world who gather together in one place with their catechists, priests, bishops, and the pope in order to profess their faith in Jesus Christ.

The founder and first host of the event was Pope St. John Paul II, who gathered young people from all over the world ten times: in Rome (1984, 1985, 2000), Buenos Aires (1987), Santiago de Compostela (1989), Częstochowa (1991), Denver (1993), Manila (1995), Paris (1997), and Toronto (2002). When St. John Paul II passed away, this dialogue between the Church and the youth was continued by Pope Benedict XVI, who presided over the meetings in Cologne (2005), Sydney (2008), and Madrid (2011). Pope Francis met with youth in Rio de Janeiro (2013), and it was there that he announced where the next World Youth Day would take place: Krakow, Poland in 2016.

The established objective of World Youth Day is to experience the great community of the universal Church, listen to the word of God, and celebrate the sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance, as well as to joyfully proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

World Youth Day is a multiday meeting. Since 1997, it has consisted of two parts: the first – “Days in Dioceses,” during which the youth stay in different areas of a host country, and the second called “Main Events” – a one-week stay in the primary host city. World Youth Day lasts two weeks.

So we are here for the main events and are looking forward to the spiritual benefits this pilgrimage will bring!

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