World Youth Day
World Youth Day (WYD) is a gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelisation for the youth of the world. While its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.
«Mary arose and went with haste»
Join our pilgrimage!
We have offer you three options to participate in WYD
Hop on the bus with our Cardinal for a magnificent pilgrimage on wheels!!
Luxembourg - Lourdes - Loyola - Braga - Fatima - Lisbon.
If you're already having fun in Portugal, you can join us directly in Braga or in Lisbon, so that together we can experience WYD!
Join us by airplane, directly in Lisbon, Portugal.
We will be waiting there for you!
Before going to WYD, we will spend three days of WYD @ HOME in Luxembourg at the invitation of our Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich!
All pilgrims are welcome to join us, to meet the local church, culture, gastronomy and especially the wonderful people of Luxembourg!
Get ready for three days of celebration, tourism, entertainment, prayer… with people from all over the world who have found a home in the only Grand Duchy in the world!
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«Mary arose and went with haste» (Lk 1:39)
Mary of Nazareth is the great figure of the Christian journey. She teaches us to say yes to God. She was the protagonist of the last edition of WYD and will be so once again in Lisbon.
In the biblical episode of the Visitation, the action of standing up presents Mary as both a woman of charity and a missionary woman.
Leaving in haste represents the attitude depicted in Pope Francis’ indications for WYD Lisbon 2023: «may young people’s evangelization be active and missionary, for this is how they will recognize and witness the presence of the living Christ».
Addressing young people in particular, and challenging them to be courageous missionaries, the following was written by the Pope in the Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit: « Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us everywhere. The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some » (CV 177).
What it is the WYD ?
WYD brings together millions of young people to celebrate their faith and sense of belonging to the Church. Since its first edition in Rome in 1984, World Youth Day has proven to be a laboratory of faith, a place of birth for vocations and an instrument for the evangelization and transformation of the Church. It aims WYD to provide all participants with a universal Church experience, fostering a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It is a new stimulus to the faith, hope and charity of the entire host country community. With young people as its protagonists, WYD also seeks to promote peace, unity and fraternity among peoples and nations around the world.
What is going to happen?
Over the course of a week, young people from all over the world are welcomed, mainly in public (gymnasiums, schools, pavilions…) and parish facilities or family homes. In addition to the moments of prayer, sharing and leisure, the young people enrolled in this celebration participate in various initiatives organized by the WYD team, in different locations across the host city. The highlights are the celebrations (central features) for which the Pope is present, such as the welcoming and opening ceremony, the Way of the Cross, the vigil and, on the last day, the closing mass.
Lisbon is an amazing city that unveils itself gradually, in every neighbourhood, on every street. It is both friendly and safe, while also ancient and modern.
The historical and cultural offer is endless. Beginning with the Cathedral, then moving on to the historic Alfama neighbourhood and to the Castle, fabulous views over the city and the Tagus River can be enjoyed. Strolling through the downtown area of Baixa, walking along the riverside towards Alges, we are able to see Belem Tower and the Monastery of Jeronimos, both World Heritage Sites.
The people, heritage and culture make Lisbon an unforgettable city!