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World Youth Day 2016

July 26, 2016 - July 31, 2016

After two successful international gatherings with young people in Rome in 1984 and 1985, St. John Paul II instituted the annual observance of World Youth Day in December 1985 as an annual gathering of youth and young adults for prayer, worship, and celebration of the Catholic faith. World Youth Day has been celebrated each year by the global Church (during every Palm Sunday liturgy in Rome since 1984) and locally in many dioceses around the world. Every two or three years, an international gathering is held to bring all the youth and young adults together in one place with the Holy Father.

What is WYDUSA?

wyd-usa-logoWorld Youth Day USA (WYDUSA) is an umbrella term for the United States’ participation in World Youth Day, both abroad at the international events and stateside in the U.S., as well as to designate those who have participated on one of those WYD activities in the past (WYDUSA “alumni”). The idea for this holistic approach is to unify all pilgrims across the country under one banner, to connect those who celebrate overseas with those who celebrate stateside, and to connect today’s World Youth Day pilgrims with those who have made pilgrimage to WYD at some point in the past thirty years.

Click here to learn more about World Youth Day USA.



July 26, 2016
July 31, 2016


Pontifical Council for the Laity/Archdiocese of Krakow


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