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


WYDUSA: The United States
Pilgrimage to World Youth Day 


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WYDUSA News & Updates







WYDUSA represents the efforts of the USCCB to connect US pilgrims, who celebrate stateside or abroad, to each international World Youth Day, to enable them to grow and participate in the celebration of youth by the universal Church.

WYDUSA Updates

Krakow Kickoff July 7th at 2pm ET at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC

This special live event will begin the Pilgrim's Year of Preparation, as well as reveal long anticipated WYDUSA products. For full event details and to find out how to participate in person and online, see the event flier here.

WYDUSA National Pilgrim Gathering in Krakow

July 27, 2016 - Location, time, and other details TBA

Upcoming WYDUSA Resources

A stateside WYD celebration manual of resources will be released in Summer 2015.

About the WYDUSA Logo

Learn about the symbolism behind the WYDUSA logo, and access a High Definition version you can use to promote the mission of WYDUSA.



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What is WYDUSA?

"We must never forget that World Youth Days are not 'firework displays,' flashes of enthusiasm that are an end in themselves; rather, they are stages of a long journey, begun in 1985, at the initiative of Pope John Paul II." (Pope Francis, Angelus message in St. Peter's Square, August 4, 2013 shortly after WYD Rio)

The USCCB endeavors to update the Church in the United States on the "long journey" that continues after WYD – for young people, their leaders, and "alumni" of past encounters – in the everyday experiences of faith, all of which point toward Christ and the Gospel. Seen from this perspective, then, the international World Youth Days are moments where pilgrims gather together in one place every three years to share those lived experiences, learn from one another, renew their commitment to Christ and the Church, and hear from their shepherd, the Holy Father, so that they might be inspired to continue the journey and change the world.

This summer, in preparation for the next international WYD encounter in Poland in 2016, we begin a "Countdown to Krakow" (the days, hours, and minutes are already counting down at While one year may seem a long way to go, the wait reminds us that the best things in life are rarely rushed – and often best experienced with good discernment, time, and anticipation. Let us take this year to prepare spiritually, mentally, and physically for the international pilgrimage next year to the land of mercy, Poland. 


WYDUSA National Pilgrim Gathering in Kraków

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be organizing a special event in Kraków during the World Youth Day week for WYD pilgrims from the United States of America. Exact details will be finalized this summer.

The USCCB will also have an on-site concierge service in Kraków, where pilgrim leaders can check-in during their time in Krakow for information, concerns, and questions. More details on this will be forthcoming.

Stateside World Youth Days

A worshipper prays during a July 4, 2014, Mass celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the final day of the U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign. CNS photo/Bob Roller

Not everyone is able to travel to Kraków for World Youth Day. For this reason, we highly encourage local parishes and/or dioceses to consider hosting "stateside" World Youth Day activities in late July 2016, for those youth and young adults who are unable to attend WYD in Poland, as well as friends and families of international pilgrims.

In this way, all young people from the United States will be united as WYDUSA pilgrims. This includes those who will be present in Kraków with the Holy Father as well as those participating in their local area and via social media.

Preparation and Group Leader Assistance

In advance of World Youth Day in Kraków, the United States' World Youth Day Office (WYDUSA) will be working on developing preparation and promotional resources to assist dioceses and group leaders. These resources will be available in summer 2015.

If you have any concerns or questions about WYD, contact the WYDUSA Office, coordinated by staff at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, D.C., at 202-541-3044 or email; and continue to check back in for updates via the WYDUSA website, or Twitter at

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