(ANS – Rome) – On 22 November 2020 Pope Francis called for a relaunch of the celebration of WYD in the particular Churches. He announced that this celebration which has been traditionally held on Palm Sunday, starting in 2021 will be held on the Sunday of the Solemnity of Christ the King.

(ANS - Krakow) - Although there is still a long time yet to the World Youth Day in Lisbon 2023, preparations for this important youth and ecclesial event are in full swing in Poland.

Vatican - Passage of WYD symbols

Vatican City, Vatican - November 2020 - On November 22, Pope Francis presided over the Eucharistic celebration at the end of which a representation of young Panamanians handed over the symbols of World Youth Days - the Cross and the icon of Mary "Salus Populi Romani" - to a group of Portuguese youth. “It is an important step,” said the Pope, “in the pilgrimage that will lead us to Lisbon in 2023.”

(ANS - Lisbon) - The decision to postpone World Youth Day (WYD) was made public on Monday, April 20, by the Holy Father and the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. The cardinal patriarch of Lisbon, Msgr. Manuel Clemente, said that this extra year of preparation will serve to prepare for this great youth event even better and, for now, to focus efforts on the battle against Covid-19.


1984, Italy: 300,000
1985, Italy: 300,000
1987, Argentina: 1,000,000
1989, Spain: 500,000
1991, Poland: 1,600,000
1993, USA: 700,000
1995, Philippines: 5,000,000
1997, France: 1,200,000
2000, Italy: 2,200,000
2002, Canada: 800,000
2005, Germany: 1,100,000
2008, Australia: 500,000
2011, Spain: 2,000,000
2013, Brazil: 3,700,000
2016, Poland: 3,500,000
2019, Panama: 700,000

Panama2019: WYD official statistics


110,584 people attending the event
85,884 pilgrims
450 bishops
2,250 priests
2,500 journalists
19,500 volunteers

(Data updated on January 23,2019)

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