World Youth Day + Holy Land


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.


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.

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

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July 29 – Saturday

Depart from USA for Lisbon


July 30 – Sunday

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


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



Morning – Official opening of the event

Afternoon – Opening ceremonies with Holy Mass

Night – Evening shows, music, prayers and confessions



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



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



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)



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



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


Lisbon / Tel Aviv

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight to Israel. Arrive, transfer to check in at your hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.


Sea of Galilee / Capernaum / Tiberias

Today: Our tour starts at Capernaum where Jesus lived, and started his ministry. You will see the remnants of Peter’s mother-in-law house and the old synagogue where Jesus preached. You will then proceed to the Mount of Beatitudes (the location of Sermon of the Mount) and celebrate Mass. Drive onto Tabgha where the miracle of Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves took place. Close by is the Church of Peter’s Primacy the location of the Miraculous Fishing. Here is where Christ told his disciples to cast their net and catch the large quantity of fish. This is also where he proclaimed to Peter “Upon this Rock, I will build my Church.” Then you will take a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee as was done in the time of Jesus.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.


Bethlehem / Ein Karem

Today: We start our visit to Bethlehem and visit the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced to the shepherds the birth of the Christ Child. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Mass will be held in Bethlehem at St. Catherine of Alexandra or the Shepherds Field’s Chapel. We take the time to shop in Bethlehem. After lunch, we drive to the Village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, and to the Church of the Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and where the ‘Magnificat’ was proclaimed.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.


Jerusalem / Mt. Of Olives / Getsemane / Pater Noster / Dominus Flevit / Upper Room / Dorminion Church / Church Of St. Peter Gallicantu

Today: We visit the Mt. of Olives. This includes a dramatic view of the. Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4,000 years of history. We visit the Pater Noster where Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples. We walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. In the Garden of Gethsemane, we see The Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed his last prayer before his arrest. Mass will be celebrated at the Church of all Nations. This afternoon, we drive to the hill of Mount Zion, the highest point in ancient Jerusalem, it is dominated by the Church of the Dormition. Visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper and end our day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.



Today: We retrace the last steps of Jesus, as we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross. We reflect on the greatness of his sacrifice. Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to celebrate Mass. At St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne we stop for a short prayer. We pass the Ecce Home where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then on to the Wailing Wall, the holiest place for Jews. The rest of the day is open for visits to other Holy Sites, shopping, or resting at your hotel.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.


Jordan Valley / Jericho / Qumran / Dead Sea

Today: We start the day by remembering our baptism. Visit the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows. Drive down the Jordan Valley and stop at the oasis town of Jericho. Visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world. We view the Mt. of Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. We will visit the excavations of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered. On the way back, there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in your hotel.


Tel Aviv / USA

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