World Youth Day + MADRID

Young people have a special annual event in the Church just for them. Each year, the youth are invited to come together to celebrate World Youth Day. World Youth Day celebrates young people and prepares them to become missionary disciples. Pilgrimage, an essential component of World Youth Day, is a reminder that Catholic young people are on a journey of faith, like those who have come before them. It is also an opportunity for young people to encounter the Catholic community. Every year, young Catholics gather from all over the world to reflect on, celebrate, and proclaim their faith in God.

How old do I have to be to attend World Youth Day?

World Youth Day is a pilgrimage experience targeted to those aged 18 to 35. We especially encourage young adults in their 20s and early 30s to attend the international World Youth Day events.

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT WORLD YOUTH DAY?

Both international and domestic World Youth Day celebrations are important for three reasons:

  • Celebrating and putting trust in the youth
  • Setting forth on a pilgrimage
  • Encountering the Catholic community

World Youth Day (WYD) was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985 for the youth all around the world. Its concept has been influenced by the Light-Life Movement that has existed in Poland since the 1960s. Ever since the first celebration of WYD in 1986, bishops were invited to schedule an annual youth event every Palm Sunday in their dioceses. Although it is celebrated at the diocesan level annually, WYD is also celebrated at the international level every two to three years at different locations. The WYD 1995 closing Mass in the Philippines set a world record for the largest number of people gathered for a single religious event with 5 million attendees— a record surpassed when 6 million attended a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in the Philippines 20 years later in 2015.

INCLUDED GOODS
  • Backpack
  • Scarf or hat
  • Poncho
  • Pilgrim’s Guide
  • City Guide or map
  • Prayer book
  • Pass for public transport within Lisbon area
  • Meal vouchers
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Population: 10.4 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 5 hours
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity: 230V. 50Hz

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ITINERARY
Day
1

July 29 – Saturday

Depart from USA for Lisbon

Day
2

July 30 – Sunday

Arrival in Lisbon. Panoramic tour of the city before reaching our accommodation.

Day
3

July 31 – Monday

Head to Fatima. Stop at Santarem for Mass at St. Stephens Church and to venerate the 13th Century Eucharistic Miracle. Continue to Fatima, a Hamlet of Aljustrel, the birthplace and home of the three (3) shepherd children. Pray and meditate upon one of Our Blessed Mother’s apparition sites. Proceed to Pope Francis’ Stadium “Fatima City” for our first event. Our mass could be in “Fatima or Santarem.” Afterwards, there will be a Candlelight Procession

Day
4

AUGUST 1 – TUESDAY

Morning – Official opening of the event

Afternoon – Opening ceremonies with Holy Mass

Night – Evening shows, music, prayers and confessions

Day
5

AUGUST 2 – WEDNESDAY

Catechetical sessions (by language groups) for teaching about the faith from various bishops. from 05:00 PM

Morning – Catechesis sessions with the participating bishops
Afternoon and night – our second event Music, prayer and confessions

Day
6

AUGUST 3 – THURSDAY

Catechetical sessions and the Pope’s arrival to the city. He welcomes pilgrims during an afternoon prayer service. Additional evening activities available.

Morning – Official opening of the event

Afternoon – Arrival of the Holy Pope and initial prayers

Night – Evening shows, music, prayers and confessions

Day
7

AUGUST 4 – FRIDAY

Catechetical sessions (by language groups) for teaching about the faith from various bishops. Afternoon cultural, musical, prayer, and reconciliation opportunities. Evening Stations of the Cross with the Holy Father.

Morning – Catechesis sessions with the participating bishops

Afternoon – Music shows, prayers, and confessions

Night – Way of the Cross (Way of the Cross)

Day
8

AUGUST 5 – SATURDAY

Walking pilgrimage to the Vigil site, evening Vigil with the Pope.

Morning – Pilgrimage walk to the place of night watch

Afternoon – Music shows, prayers and confessions

Night – Night Watch with the Holy Pope

Day
9

AUGUST 6 – SUNDAY

Closing ceremonies including the concluding Mass celebrated by the Pope with the announcement of the location of the next WYD.

Morning – Closing of the event:

  1. Morning prayers led by the bishops present
  2. Mass with the Holy Pope
  3. The new location of the next world youth day will be announced after Mass.

Free afternoon

Day
10

LISBON / MADRID

Today: Depart from Lisbon to Madrid. Upon arrival in Madrid tour the Prado Museum. Proceed to your hotel. Our guided morning sightseeing tour will first take us along some of Madrid’s beautiful main avenues and boulevards to see many of the city’s most important landmarks and its monumental fountains (including the Cibeles and Neptuno), as well as the always busy main square – La Plaza Mayor – which was built during the Habsburg Period. Next, we will travel to the Old Town to visit one of the world’s great museums – The Prado – which houses one of the best collections of classical painters anywhere! In the afternoon, visit to the Royal Palace.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
11

MADRID / AVILA / MADRID

Today: After breakfast, we will take a full-day guided sightseeing tour in and around the walled city of Ávila, where St. Teresa of Ávila founded the Carmelite Order. Our tour includes the Basilica de San Vincente, the Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, and the Convento de Santa Teresa (where we can view relics of the saint, including her preserved finger). Then, we will enjoy a walk along the walls surrounding the city of Ávila known as Las Murallas de Ávlia. We will also have some free time in Ávila prior to returning to Madrid.
Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
12

MADRID / TOLEDO / MADRID

Today: After breakfast, we will head south to the Central Plain of Spain to visit Toledo, the provincial capital and royal residence during the Middle Ages. During this period, Muslims, Jews, and Christians peacefully lived and flourished here in this great cultural and architectural center. As our tour winds its way through Toledo’s narrow streets, the history and romance of this city is palpable. Our guided tour includes many of the city’s great monuments, including the Spanish-Gothic La Catedral, the Church of Santo Tome (to see El Greco’s most renowned work “The Burial of Count Orgaz”), and the Sinagoga de Santa Maria La Blanca (Spain’s oldest synagogue). Return to Madrid.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
13

MADRID / USA

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.