World Youth Day

Lisbon, Portugal 2023

(postponed from July 2022 to August 2023 due to the impact of COVID-19)

Pope Francis has agreed with a recommendation by the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life to postpone by one year the next gatherings of the World Meeting of Families and World Youth Day “because of the current health situation and its consequences on the movement and gatherings of young people and families.” Read more here

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope, typically celebrated every three years. This encounter, intended for ages 15-35, can be in person on pilgrimage to the host nation or it can be World Youth Day at Home.

You can see more information on the World Youth Day page here

Meet the creators of the Lisbon2023 theme song


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World Youth Day 2019 – Panama
January 2019

Events are available for viewing on demand:

World Youth Day 2016 – Krakow
July 2016
Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall receive Mercy Matthew 5:7

20 pilgrims from the Ballarat Diocese participated in the Victorian WYD Pilgrimage to Krakow in July 2016 where 2 million young Catholics from around the world joined Pope Francis in exploring and celebrating Catholic faith.

Our pilgrims were from Mildura, Horsham, Portland, Casterton, Warrnambool, Timboon and many of the parishes in the Ballarat city area.  Pilgrims included a number of young teachers from St Joseph’s Primary and Emmanuel College in Warrnambool, and Lumen Christi, St Francis Xavier, St Thomas More and St Patrick’s Primary in Ballarat.