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WYDUSA Webinars and VideosSafety and Security InformationNEW RESOURCES: Check out our new Auschwitz Guide and Ecumenical Guide! More guides and resources for preparing for World Youth Day is available on our Leader Resources page. 

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Stateside Guide English Stateside Spanish GuideNot able to attended World Youth Day in Krakow this year? Use our Stateside Guide (available in both English and Spanish) or check out our Stateside Quick Guide to plan your own WYD event. Don't want to plan your event? Check out our Stateside Page

wydusa-retreat-manuel-coverwydusa-leader-cover-150wIf you are taking a group to Krakow, check out our guides! These guides were developed by WYD leaders for WYD leaders. NEW GUIDES AVAILABLE: Check out our Auschwitz Guide and our Ecumenical Guide

If you would like to order a hard copy of any of these guides please contact the WYDUSA office by phone, 202-541-3044, or by email,

World Youth Day USA Store
International and stateside pilgrims can be united through WYDUSA prayer cards, posters, t-shirts, hoodies, water bottles, and much more, all at the online store.

World youth day Alumni Network

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World Youth Day is not the destination, but one point along the pilgrimage of life. As a WYD alumni, you are still on that journey. Connect with other U.S. citizens who have participated in a World Youth Day event, either stateside or internationally, at least once in the past thirty years since these gatherings began in 1984. 

Over one-half million people in the USA have been to a World Youth Day event - are you one of them? If so, connect with the national alumni network today.

WORLD YOUTH DAY - rio 2013

Relive WYD Rio through Salt+Light's WYD Central blog.

Pope Francis waves beside Brazil's flag during a welcome ceremony at the Guanabara Palace in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)The most recent international World Youth Day was held in late July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Over three million people from around the world descended onto Copacabana Beach for the final Mass of WYD that year. For those anticipating the next international event in Krakow, it may be good to see what happened in Rio as a benchmark for these incredible international gatherings. 

"Walking through the crowds gathering on Copacabana Beach I would hear chants and songs in so many languages, all praising God, proclaiming their faith in Jesus Christ, and expressing their deep love for the Church and the Holy Father.In a world that at times proclaims that faith and Church are irrelevant, I could only say . . .REALLY!  This certainly was not evident at this event"  -- Bishop Nelson J Perez 

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