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World Youth Day


WYD Live Stream
5 major events
Pope Francis at 4 of them
Program & live stream at


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

World Youth Day at Home
The Australian Church is encouraging World Youth Day at Home in January 2019.  Ballarat Diocese is supporting this initiative and developing a range of events.  


  • World Youth Day in your Parish or Community
    The next WYD encounter is 22-27 January 2019 in Panama City.  Key events will be live-streamed.  A highlight of WYD will be the Vigil event with Pope Francis, celebration, reflection, witness.
    It will be livestreaming on Sunday 27th January starting at 10.30am Victorian time (duration 2 hours).

    We encourage you to plan a parish or community event for World Youth Day at Home in your parish and connect via your online screen with some or all of this always awesome Vigil. Prayers and livestream link will be here soon. For more information contact Ballarat Diocese Youth & Young Adult Ministry (Amanda on 5337 7125 or Noeline and Patrick on 5337 7160) or e:
  • WYD Hangout!
    Online hangout to celebrate WYD - participate from anywhere in the diocese & meet Pope Francis.  6pm-7pm on World Youth Day Sunday 27 January 2019. 18-30yo. Free. Contact us for details. 

Ballarat Diocese is not participating in a pilgrimage to Panama City WYD January 2019. However we hope to have an overseas Mission excursion in 2019.

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World Youth Day 2019 Prayer here

Australian World Youth Day 2019 Prayer here


World Youth Day 2016 - Krakow
was held from 26-31 July 2016

Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall receive Mercy Matthew 5:7

World Youth Day 2016:

20 pilgrims from the Ballarat Diocese participated in the Victorian WYD Pilgrimage to Krakow 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.





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