World Youth Day - Krakow, Poland, July 2016

World Youth Day takes place in Krakow, Poland, from 25 - 31 July. WYD events have been celebrated for three decades. In 1986, Pope St John Paul II began the tradition in St Peter’s Square, Rome, with a global youth celebration to which the entire Church was invited. Now, three decades later, Pope Francis will open the 21st gathering of what has become a worldwide youth phenomenon - the opportunity for a million plus Catholics to celebrate their faith with the Holy Father.

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WYD Social Media

World Youth Day is well underway. As it falls during the Jubilee of Mercy, our overarching (and very simple) social media aim for Krakow 2016 is to share mer...Read more

World Youth Day

Pope Mercy GIFs

To take up the Holy Father's call to spread mercy around the world, we're sharing a set of 14 charming animated graphics - GIFs - showing Pope Francis engagi...Read more

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Pope's Programme

Here's a detailed a timeline for the Holy Father's visit to Krakow - Jasna Góra (Częstochowa) - Auschwitz: 27-31 July for World Youth Day 2016. Read more

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WYD Theme

The theme Pope Francis has chosen for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland, is taken from the fifth Beatitude given in the Sermon on the Mount: "Blessed ar...Read more

WYD 2016

WYD Prayer

Here's the official prayer for World Youth Day taking place in 2016 in Krakow, Poland from 25 - 31 July. Read more