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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.

A group of South Koreans pray at World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. | Credit: Almudena Martínez-Bordiú / ACI Prensa

The Challenges Facing South Korea in Organizing the Next World Youth Day

Aug 12, 2023

A Mexican missionary in South Korea, a priest from the Diocese of Seoul, and a woman religious from Korea who resides in Spain explained the expectations and difficulties of organizing the next World Youth Day in 2027 to ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner.

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 greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Praises Martyred Korean Priest as “an exemplary witness of heroic faith”

Aug 21, 2021

Pope Francis said St. Andrew Kim Taegon spread the faith “in difficult times, marked by persecution and suffering” for the Korean people.