World Youth Day

A screenshot from Pope Francis' May 4 video message to young people attending World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. | Vatican Media

Here is Pope Francis’ Schedule for World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon

Jun 6, 2023

Pope Francis’ schedule for his trip to Portugal for World Youth Day 2023 was published by the Vatican on Tuesday.

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015. | Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Pope Francis to Travel to Portugal for August World Youth Day, to Visit Fatima

May 22, 2023

The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, for World Youth Day this August with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.

Pope Francis greets World Youth Day pilgrims in Panama. | Jonah McKeown/CNA

PHOTOS: A Look Back at 10 Years of Pope Francis’ Participation in World Youth Days

Mar 11, 2023

In the 10 years of his papacy, the Holy Father has exhorted young people at World Youth Days (WYD) to answer the Gospel call and accept Jesus into their hearts. 

Pope Francis greets pilgrims near the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Fatima apparitions on May 12, 2017. | LUSA Press Agency

Pope Francis: World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon Will Open Horizons, Hearts

Jan 20, 2023

World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, will open horizons and hearts, Pope Francis said in a video message to the young adults who will attend the international gathering in August.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Oct. 23, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Warns of the Danger of "spiritual arrogance"

Oct 23, 2022

In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis warned that “spiritual arrogance” can lead to adoration of one’s ego instead of God.

Pope Francis invited young people from Portugal to join him in the window of the Apostolic Palace for the World Youth Day announcement. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Announces that World Youth Day Registration is Open

Oct 23, 2022

With a click on a tablet in front of the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis became the first person to register for the next World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal.

Archbishop Inácio Saúre with Catholic youth in Nampula Archdiocese. Credit: Nampula Archdiocese

Planned Mozambican Version of World Youth Day to Prepare Youth for Lisbon 2023

Jun 17, 2022

The Mozambican version of World Youth Day (WYD) scheduled for November aims at preparing young people in the Southern African nation to participate in the one to be held in Lisbon in 2023, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

St. John Paul II in 1978. Vatican Media.

St. John Paul II and Blessed Carlo Acutis Named among Patrons of World Youth Day 2023

May 18, 2022

The Virgin Mary will be the “patroness par excellence” of the youth gathering.

Portuguese pilgrims at WYD 2019, excited that their home country is set to host the next World Youth Day. Jonah McKeown/CNA

Pope Francis Wants 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon to be an "event with life"

Mar 8, 2022

‘If you are not poets, this meeting will not work,’ the pope told organizers.

Pope Francis speaks after delivering his Angelus address at the Vatican, Nov. 21, 2021. Vatican Media.

Christ is Not Like Other Kings, He is a King for Others: Pope Francis

Nov 21, 2021

Two young people joined the pope as he delivered his Angelus address.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21, 2021. EWTN News/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

Be "critical conscience of society": Pope Francis to Catholics on World Youth Day 2021

Nov 21, 2021

The pope offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the feast of Christ the King.

Pope Francis addresses young people at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021. Vatican Media.

World Youth Day 2021: Pope Francis Asks Youth to “testify joyfully that Christ is alive”

Sep 27, 2021

This year’s World Youth Day will be celebrated in local dioceses on Nov. 21.

Young pilgrims gather before World Youth Day Panama opening Mass Jan. 22, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Postpones World Youth Day and Meeting of Families Due to COVID-19

Apr 20, 2020

Pope Francis has decided to postpone by one year World Youth Day and the World Meeting of Families, according to the Vatican. The events were expected to take place during the summers of 2022 and 2021.