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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy"
(Matthew 5:7)


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News & Updates from WYDUSA

Błogosławieni is Much Longer Than Blessed

Paul Jarzembowski visited Krakow to prepare for World Youth Day. Read to learn about his trip and the joys and challenges of planning World Youth Day.

Pope Francis 2015 Message to Young People

"Blessed are the merciful..." VIEW

USCCB Staff Offers Presentation on WYD's Impact in the U.S.A.

Read the 2014 report HERE

Pope Francis 2014 Message to Young People

"Blessed are the Poor in Spirit..."  VIEW

WYD 2014, 2015, 2016 Themes Announced!

Krakow 2016: "Blessed are the Merciful..."  VIEW

rio 2013


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

World youth day Alumni Network

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World Youth Day Themes 2014-2016

World Youth Day 2014
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Mt. 5:3)
Celebrated locally in each diocese around the world.

Read the Holy Father's 2014 Message for Young People.

World Youth Day 2015
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (Mt. 5:8)
Celebrated locally in each diocese around the world.

Read the Holy Father's 2015 Message for Young People.

World Youth Day 2016
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Mt. 5:7)
Celebrated both locally and internationally in Krakow, Poland

World Youth Day is not just a day or an experience, but an ongoing pilgrimage of faith for young people.  These special days and celebrations are meant to rejuvenate and reinvigorate the spiritual life of youth and young adults along their pilgrim journey, which ultimately leads to Christ Jesus.

The THreefold purpose of World Youth Day

Pope John Paul II announced the institution of World Youth Day in December, 1985 as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship and celebration of the Catholic faith.  The event is observed annually in dioceses and every two to three years at an international gathering.  Both international and domestic World Youth Day celebrations are important for three reasons.

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.

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.

Personally Encountering the International Catholic Community
In the 21st century technology ensures that young people are always in contact with one another.  World Youth Day goes beyond "being in contact" and gives young people a personal encounter with the international Catholic community they cannot get through their phones or computers.  The Church and Christians worldwide play a role in preventing fear, fostering hope, and building real human relationships.

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact the USCCB World Youth Day Office with any questions you may have pertaining to World Youth Day this year and into the future.

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