World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon

Pope Francis waves at the crowd of 1.5 million people who attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 6, 2023. | Vatican Media.

What countries did Pope Francis visit in 2023 and what did he say?

Dec 30, 2023

Despite advanced age and health challenges, the pope visited six countries on three continents in 2023.

Emmanuel Kangayo, the chairman of Archdiocese of Freetown, Sierra Leone youth group at the World Youth Day in Lisbon. Credit: Emmanuel Kangayo

Pilgrim at 2023 WYD Remembers Young Sierra Leoneans Dwarfed by Drugs

Aug 21, 2023

"I have been praying for the young people in my country Sierra Leone who are wasting their lives away using drugs such as kush and tramadol, those who do not engage in any meaningful activities because they have lost hope in life," Emmanuel Kangayo tells ACI Africa, sharing how he spent his days at the just ended World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Portugal.

Pope Francis smiles at pilgrims during his Wednesday general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Aug. 9, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Mary "never keeps us waiting"

Aug 9, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday he likes to invoke the Virgin Mary under the title of “Our Lady ‘in haste’” because she is always ready to swiftly intercede for her children’s requests.

Our Lady of Fatima statue in Fatima, Portugal. | Photo courtesy of Shrine of Fatima

Miracle at Fátima? World Youth Day Pilgrim Receives Her Sight after Communion at Mass

Aug 7, 2023

“I opened my eyes and I could see perfectly,” said Jimena, a 16-year-old Spanish World Youth Day pilgrim who said she miraculously recovered her sight after receiving the Eucharist at Fátima, Portugal, during a Mass there.

Pope Francis addresses reporters on Aug. 6, 2023 aboard the papal flight on his return to Rome from his five-day trip to Portugal and World Youth Day. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis Explains Why He Skipped Fatima Prayer for Peace

Aug 7, 2023

On his return flight from World Youth Day on Sunday, Pope Francis explained why he opted to skip reading a prayer in Fatima that consecrated the Church and “countries at war” to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis takes selfies with volunteers after closing Mass for WYD2023 in Lisbon, Aug 6, 2023. | Photo credit: Vatican Media

After Closing Mass, Pope Ends World Youth Day Trip by Meeting Volunteers to Say Thanks

Aug 7, 2023

Pope Francis wrapped up his World Youth Day visit with one word, rendered in Portuguese as “obrigado,” thank you — literally, “I am obliged.”

Pope Francis waves at the crowd of 1.5 million people who attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 6, 2023. | Vatican Media.

"Be not afraid," Pope Francis Tells Young People at End of World Youth Day

Aug 6, 2023

“Be not afraid,” Pope Francis told young Catholics Sunday at the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, echoing the well-known call of his predecessor and the founder of the international youth gathering, St. Pope John Paul II.

Pilgrims from South Korea wave a flag at Mass with Pope Francis for the closing of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon on Aug. 6, 2023. | Hannah Brockhaus/CNA

Next World Youth Day to be in South Korea in 2027

Aug 6, 2023

The next World Youth Day will be held in Seoul, South Korea in 2027, Pope Francis announced at the conclusion of the final Mass of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Pope Francis waves to World Youth Day pilgrims in Lisbon, Portugal, at the start of a vigil service on Aug. 5, 2023. | Vatican Media

At World Youth Day Vigil, Pope Francis Urges Catholics to be "roots of joy"

Aug 5, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday urged attendees at World Youth Day to make themselves “roots of joy” in the lives of others, calling on the huge young crowd to draw on the “love of Jesus” to “walk in hope” as they journey through life. 

Pope Francis prays the rosary in Fatima, Portugal with young people with disabilities on Aug. 5, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Prays the Rosary in Fátima with Young People with Disabilities

Aug 5, 2023

Pope Francis visited Fátima, Portugal, on Saturday morning, where he prayed the rosary with young people with disabilities.

Pope Francis speaks to young people during the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 3, 2023. Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

“Honored”: Kenyan Nun after Faith Influencers Handed Olive Tree From Pope Francis

Aug 4, 2023

Sr. Leunida Katunge is all smiles as she poses with a young potted plant. It is an olive plant that she, alongside other officials, received from Pope Francis on behalf of the Catholic Faith Influencers who are meeting on the sidelines of the 2023 World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Lisbon, Portugal.

Pope Francis meets with charity workers at the Centro Paroquial de Serafina in Lisbon on Aug. 4, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Without Concrete Love, Our Lives Have "no weight"

Aug 4, 2023

At a gathering with Portuguese charity workers Friday morning, Pope Francis went off script to insist that Christian love must be tangibly lived out in the world and not remain a figment of people’s fantasies.

Young people participate in Stations of the Cross at World Youth Day in Eduardo VII Park in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 4, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis at WYD Stations of the Cross: "Jesus wipes away our hidden tears"

Aug 4, 2023

Pope Francis told the estimated 800,000 young people praying the Stations of the Cross together at World Youth Day in Portugal on Friday evening that Jesus can open the windows of the soul and wipe away all “hidden tears.”

Pope Francis hears the confession of a young pilgrim at World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 4, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Hears Young People’s Confessions in Lisbon

Aug 4, 2023

As part of the Word Youth Day celebrations this week in Lisbon, Portugal, Pope Francis this morning heard the confessions of three young people in the Jardim Vasco da Gama, renamed Reconciliation Park or “Forgiveness Park” for World Youth Day.

Pope Francis makes his way past crowds of thousands on his way to the World Youth Day welcoming ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 3, 2023. | Credit: Pablo Pilco/EWTN News

Pope Francis’ First World Youth Day Speech: "God’s heart beats uniquely for you"

Aug 3, 2023

At Pope Francis’ first official World Youth Day event in Portugal, he told the 500,000 young people in the crowd that their presence was no accident and that God has called each one by name.

Pope Francis and José María Del Corral, president of the Scholas Occurrentes youth movement, smile during a meeting with the group's volunteers in Cascais, Portugal, on Aug. 3, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

"Attend to the planet and poor," Pope Francis Urges College Students

Aug 3, 2023

In his first encounters with young people ahead of his arrival at World Youth Day later in the day, Pope Francis on Thursday urged his audiences to use their knowledge and skills to care for the planet and the poor.  

Nigerian pilgrims presenting a gift to the Bishop of Fatima-Leirai. Credit: Fr. Hillary Basil/ African Synodal Digital Faith Influencers

Pomp, Colour Marks African Pilgrims Entry, Participation in WYD Celebrations

Aug 2, 2023

Most of them landed in Portugal dressed in colorful attire, a characteristic festive look of Africa.

James Nyumah, 23, from Liberia, (pictured third from left) hangs out with new friends from Australia while attending a "Rise Up" session at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, on Aug. 2, 2023. | Hannah Brockhaus/CNA

Pilgrims From Liberia Overcome Travel Troubles to Attend WYD: "Being here is a miracle"

Aug 2, 2023

They made it “by the grace of God,” 36-year-old Father Ernest Wisner said about the presence of his small group from Liberia at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Pope Francis meets with Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Belém Cultural Center in Lisbon upon his arrival for World Youth Day on Aug. 2, 2023. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

World Youth Day 2023: Pope Francis Arrives in Lisbon, "a city of encounter"

Aug 2, 2023

Arriving in Lisbon for World Youth Day, Pope Francis on Wednesday called on Portugal’s leaders to promote peace, families, and environmental stewardship, policies he said would help light “lamps of hope” across Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of people attended the opening Mass for World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, on Aug. 1, 2023. | Credit: Julia Silva / JMJ Lisboa 2023

World Youth Day 2023: Lisbon Patriarch Greets Attendees at Opening Mass

Aug 1, 2023

World Youth Day 2023 kicked off in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 1 with an opening Mass before a crowd of hundreds of thousands.