World Youth Day + Paris & Rome

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 / PARIS

Today: This morning we leave Lisbon for a flight to Paris. Upon arrival in Paris, visit and attend Mass at Sacre Coeur Basilica that stands atop Montmartre Hill. While on your visit, in addition to the extraordinary artwork and architecture that forms the Basilica, you will see the beautiful mosaic of the Risen Christ and the remarkable Grand Organ. Following lunch, we will continue to Paris and visit the Eiffel Tower. We will then head to the hotel and free time

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

Day
11

PARIS / LISIEUX / PARIS

Today: Breakfast, in the morning we will drive to Lisieux, the home of St. Therese the “Little Flower of Jesus.” Visit the home where St. Therese lived as a child and the Carmel Convent where she was a nun. After Mass, visit the Basilica of St. Theresa, its Crypt, and the 13th Century Gothic

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

Day
12

PARIS / ROME

Today: Travel to the airport and depart for Rome. Arrive, board our coach bus for a panoramic view of the “Eternal City.” Travel to your hotel for registration. Enjoy dinner and free time to rest.

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

Day
13

ROME

Today: Visit the Vatican-Museums to see centuries of beautiful artwork and artifacts. See the artwork of Michelangelo such as the Pieta and then visit the Sistine Chapel. We will explore St. Peter’s Basilica in its entire splendor. It is built over St. Peter’s tomb. Visit the Tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Sebastian’s Chapel. Travel to the Church of St. Peter’s Chains, which contains the statue of Moses by Michelangelo. Visit the Roman Forum, Arch of Titus, and then proceed to tour the Coliseum.

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

Day
14

ROME

Today: Visit the catacombs of St. Callistus, then continue to Church of San Peter in Chains. Roman Forum. Arch of Titus. Coliseum. Break for lunch. In the afternoon, Basilica of St John Lateran, Scala Santa, and the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Here we celebrate Mass. Balance of the afternoon free time at the Trevi Fountain to explore Rome on your own.

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

Day
15

ROME / USA

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