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Everything you need to know about World Youth Day 2023

What is World Youth Day?

World Youth Day (WYD) was instituted based on the prophetic insight of St John Paull II. Every three years, the entire Church on a worldwide level, in union with the Successor of Peter, be more and more committed to young people, to their concerns and worries and to their aspirations and hopes, so as to meet their expectations by communicating the certainty that is Christ, the Truth that is Christ, the love that is Christ…”.[1]

It provides an extraordinarily powerful missionary thrust for the whole Church and for the younger generations. Pope Francis has said “we must never forget that World Youth Days are not ‘firework displays’, flashes of enthusiasm that are an end in themselves; they are the stages of a long journey, begun in 1985, at the initiative of Pope John Paul II”.


What takes place during World Youth Day?

During WYD, young people engage in “days in the diocese”, Stations of the Cross, catechesis, youth festivals, cultural exchanges, religious events (opening ceremony, vigil and closing Mass), addresses by the Holy Father and other Church officials all in solidarity with each other and the Holy Father.


When is World Youth Day 2023?

The World Youth Day Pilgrimage is July 26 – August 9. Dioceses will now celebrate World Youth Day on the Feast of Christ the King, in the years when there is no pilgrimage. Look out for 2022 celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago.


What is WYD 2023 theme?

Mary arose and left with haste (Lk 1:38)


Who can attend the pilgrimage?

This event is for older adolescents and young adults 16-35 years and adult chaperones are welcomed.


How can you attend?

Registration deadline July 8th: https://bit.ly/WYD2023TT

Do you have to prepare?

You have to prepare spiritually, socially, physically and emotionally beginning August 2022.


How can you participate in WYD locally?

Parishes and groups can organise events based on the 6 cornerstones:

  • Youth Day as a “festival of faith”
  • Youth Day as an “experience of Church”
  • Youth Day as a “missionary experience”
  • Youth Day as an “opportunity for vocational discernment” and a “call to holiness”
  • Youth Day as an “experience of pilgrimage”
  • Youth Day as “an experience of universal fraternity”

For further information about WYD2023 and local participation, you can contact

343-9926 or cyc@catholictt.org or Youth Mission TT.