Articles for World Youth Day

Behind World Youth Day: Facts

As close to 2,000,000 youth gather in Cracovia for World Youth Day, it's good to remember from where many have come, and what the world situation looks like. Facts: Youth are a significant group in the world. The number of youth between the ages of 15 and 24 is 1.1...

Participating in WYD via a modern miracle

It has been referred to as a "Catholic Woodstock" and a 21st-century version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Whatever the description, the expectation is that more than one million youth will make a pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland June 26-31 for World Youth Day. The...

Now on Social: Gotta Get Organized

Being organized for an event is now an intensely "social media" process. In the run-up to World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Krakow, young Catholics from across England and Wales signed up for a Social Media Masterclass on Mercy. Organized by the Catholic Bishops'...

Relics of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

During World Youth Day, the coffin with the body of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati will be exhibited in the monastery of the Dominican Fathers in Krakow, Poland. A week before the youth celebration, the relics will also be present in ten Polish cities. The coffin with the...
WYD by the numbers…

WYD by the numbers…

After a highly successful event, organizers for World Youth Day in Brazil released final attendance tallies, with two of the days surpassing the 3 million mark... representing 175 countries. In all over 3.5 million pilgrims took part in the events for WYD, even though...

Pope trace heart on helicopter window

Pope trace heart on helicopter window

As he boarded a helicopter to meet with World Youth Day volunteers in Rio, Pope Francis made the sign of the Cross, before taking off. Then a few moments later, as crowds bid him farewell, the Pope used his fingers to outline a heart, by the helicopter's...

Next WYD stop Poland!

Next WYD stop Poland!

Pope Francis invoked the intercession of the Virgin Mary in preparation for Krakòw, asking “for the light of the Holy Spirit upon the journey that will lead us to this next stage in our joyful celebration of faith and the love of Christ.” The decision to hold World...

WYD – world’s largest flash mob

WYD – world’s largest flash mob

Millions of pilgrims took part in the world's largest flash mob, by performing a simple dance for the Pope. In fact, the title of the song they danced to is called 'Francis.' Before celebrating Sunday's closing Mass in Rio's Copacabana beach, millions of youths took a...

Busted Halo at a four mile long Church

Busted Halo at a four mile long Church

It would be hard to find a place on earth that better showcases the unity of the Catholic Church than here at World Youth Day. Hundreds of thousands of young people, all different, yet united by their faith, have gathered together here. Imagine a huge amount of...

CMGLOBAL links to coverage of WYD

CMGLOBAL links to coverage of WYD

CMGLOBAL is currently featuring a convenient way to sample the experience of WYD particularly from a Vincentian Family Perspective. You can find a collection of links for Schedule and documents (includes official Papal texts as they become available.) Highlights ...

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