World Youth day

Every year on the solemnity of Christ the King (November) WYD is celebrated on a diocesan level. International celebrations of the event are generally held every three years in a different country each time with the participation of the Holy Father. 

World Youth Day LISBON 2023

The Aotearoa New Zealand pilgrimage leaves for Paris on the 15th of July 2023 and returns from Lisbon on the 7th of August 2023. 

Diocesan Celebrations of World Youth Day

“The key proclamation that must be addressed to young people and that must be at the centre of every diocesan/eparchial WYD celebrated on the day of Christ the King is therefore: receive Christ! Welcome him as King into your lives! He is a King who came to save! Without him there is no true peace, no true inner reconciliation and no true reconciliation with others!” – WYD Pastoral Guidelines

Contact your diocesan office to find out more about WYD celebrations in your diocese.


An unforgettable experience

World Youth Day is characterized by the joy that young people bring for being together. The time spent at WYD isn’t just an exciting holiday though – it’s a pilgrimage of faith. The journey of WYD is one where every young person is invited to go beyond themselves, outside of what’s normal and comfortable, so that they can encounter Jesus Christ in new places, people and experiences.

Dear young people, God is watching over you and calling you… Like the young woman of Nazareth, you can improve the world and leave an imprint that makes a mark on history.

Pope Francis, 2017 Lenten Message in Anticipation of WYD 2019

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