World Youth Day

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World Youth Day (WYD) was created by Pope John Paul II in 1984. It was created in response to declining church attendance by youth in the Catholic religion. It is an attempt to catch up to other Christian denominations in a more 'rock-concert' style religion.

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World Youth Day Rome 2000

The purpose of World Youth Day is threefold:

  1. Putting trust in the young
    • World Youth Day is a coming together of young adults from the four corners of the world and a strong reminder of the strength and confidence the young bring to the Church today.
  2. Gathering together
    • World Youth Day is not simply a gathering for the young people of the world, but a time to put trust in the world's youth. A calling for the world's youth to come together as one people.
  3. Meeting the international world on a human level
    • It is still a marvel in this the 21st Century to exchange with others and to be a part of an international experience. International events are able to stir much hope but also many fears (increase in fundamentalism, nationalism and other new conflicts. . .) The Church and Christians themselves have a role to play in preventing the development of these fears, and in aiding each person in finding their way and discovering hope.

Overview

International level celebrations
Year Dates Location Attendance1 Theme
1984 April 15 Rome, Italy 300,000 Holy Year of Redemption
1985 March 31 Rome, Italy 300,000 International Youth Year
1987 April 1112 Buenos Aires, Argentina 900,000 We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves (1Jn 4:16)
1989 August 1520 Santiago de Compostela, Spain 400,000 I am the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn 14:6)
1991 August 1015 Czestochowa, Poland 1,600,000 You have received a spirit of sonship (Rom 8:15)
1993 August 1015 Denver, USA 500,000 I came that they might have life, and have it to the full (Jn 10:10)
1995 January 1015 Manila, Philippines 4,000,000 As the Father sent me, so am I sending you (Jn 20:21)
1997 August 1924 Paris, France 1,200,000 Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see (cf. Jn 1:38-39)
2000 August 1520 Rome, Italy 2,000,000 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14)
2002 July 2328 Toronto, Canada 800,000 You are the salt of the earth ... you are the light of the world (Mt 5:13-14)
2005 August 1621 Cologne, Germany We have come to worship Him (Mt 2:2)

1Attendance numbers reflect the total population at the closing Mass which includes many locals who attended only that one event.

Diocesan level celebrations
Date Theme
March 23, 1986 Always be prepared to make a defence to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you (1Pt 3:15)
March 27, 1988 Do whatever he tells you (Jn 2:5)
April 8, 1990 I am the vine, you are the branches (Jn 15:5)
April 12, 1992 Go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Mk 16:15)
March 27, 1994 As the Father sent me, so am I sending you (Jn 20: 21)
March 31, 1996 Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (Jn 6:68).
April 5, 1998 The Holy Spirit will teach you all things (cf Jn 14:26 )
March 28, 1999 The Father loves you (cf. Jn 16:27)
April 8, 2001 If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Lk 9:23)
April 13, 2003 Behold, your mother! (Jn 19,27)
April 4, 2004 We wish to see Jesus (Jn 12:21)

Typical Schedule Events

Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
MorningDay of Welcoming

Arrival and Welcome

Catechetical Session w/ participating bishops Catechetical Session w/ participating bishops Catechetical Session w/ participating bishops Pilgrimage to Vigil Site Closing Liturgy w/ Holy Father
AfternoonOpening ceremony afternoon and evening shows, music, prayer opportunities afternoon and evening shows, music, prayer opportunities afternoon and evening shows, music, prayer opportunities
EveningStations of the CrossVigil Celebration & sleep over

External links

nl:Wereldjongerendagen pl:Światowe Dni Młodzieży fr:Journée mondiale de la jeunesse

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