World Youth Day (WYD) is an international gathering of young people to share in their Catholic faith and to have an encounter with Our Holy Father. This week-long event takes place every two or three years and the location changes each time.
Fast Facts about World Youth Day:
- World Youth Day was created by Pope John Paul II following the large turnout at the Jubilee of Young People in 1984.
- World Youth Day is celebrated every two or three years with a large international gathering of youth.
- On off years, there is a smaller youth celebration in Rome.
- At World Youth Day 2016, Krakow, the Diocese of Brooklyn had over 400 attendees.
- During World Youth Day, attendees spend time visiting the host country, performing community service, visiting dioceses and participating in festival events.
- International World Youth Days have been held in such cities as Buenos Aires (1987), Manila (1995), and Sydney (2008).
- Estimated attendance at the World Youth Day closing mass has ranged from 500,000 to 4 million.
Past World Youth Day Events:
Here are some photos from previous World Youth Days.