World Youth Day

To begin the new year of 2019, Pope Francis has chosen this intention and now offers it to us to pray with him: “that young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world”.The Pope’s Prayer Network is the official Pontifical service for making these monthly intentions known to all the faithful around the world. As we begin 2019, we are delighted to announce that the latest, updated version of...
Vocations director Matthew Power SJ, with Jesuit colleagues at stand 71
Hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in Cracow for the World Youth Day celebrations last week. A surprisingly large number took time to visit the vocations stands that occupied the marquee at the north end of the Cracovia football stadium, on the edge of the city centre. Very evidently many were not there simply to take shelter from the rain before heading over to the adjacent park for one or other of the major liturgical gatherings. They were there because they were curious and open...
WYD 2016 Manchester student pilgrims
World Youth Day (WYD) is an event for young people organized by the Pope every two or three years and promotes the unity of various cultures within the Catholic Church. It is celebrated at the diocesan level annually and at the international level every two to three years at different locations. This year thousands from all around the world are expected to attend the 31st WYD in Krakow, Poland from 26th- 31st July 2016.To coincide with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, WYD’s theme this year is...
The Magis 2016 Logo
MAGIS is a meeting of young people (ages 18-30) from all over the world who are interested in Ignatian spirituality (more).The program offers an opportunity to share a unique experience at three distinct levels: individual growth, relationships with God and others, and intercultural dialogue.If you want to enjoy the MAGIS experience, be sure to mark the dates of July 15-31, 2016 in your calendar (the MAGIS program ends on July 25, when World Youth Day starts) (more)The central figure of the...
Pope Francis looks over St Peter’s Square with World Youth Day volunteers (photo credit: L’ Osservatore Romano)
Pope Francis launched the registration to next year’s World Youth Day in Poland by becoming the first person to sign up.Using online tablet technology the pope proclaimed cheerfully in his Angelus address on 26 July, "I wanted to be the one to open registration and with this electronic device I have signed up for the day as a pilgrim,"With an estimated 2.5 million people expected to attend the week-long gathering next July 26 – August 3, the 31st World Youth Day, “will be, in a certain sense, a...