What is World Youth Day?

 

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

AUGUST 7 – MONDAY

Depart for home or a post-WYD extension

Local Options Within & Near Portugal
Day
1

Lisbon / Obidos / Nazaré / Alcobaça / Fátima /Tomar

Today: In the morning, we will drive to the medieval Obidos. We will have a guided tour passing the main gate in the impressive wall and walk along the narrow streets. Then on to Nazaré, the perfect place for a leisurely break and visit to the shrine of our lady of Nazaré. Continue to Alcobaça to visit the CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA MONASTERY (UNESCO SITE), built in the 12th century with the elaborate tombs of King Pedro I and his Castilian lover, Inês de Castro. Later we will visit one of the most important Marian shrines in the world: SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY.

Evening: Overnight in Tomar.

Day
2

Tomar / Coimbra / Oporto

Today: Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the CONVENT OF CHRIST with its famous Manueline Window and the former house of the knights templars. Continue to Coimbra. Orientation tour of the city including a picture stop at the university. Continue to Oporto, Portugal’s second-largest city.

Evening: Dinner and Overnight in Porto.

Day
3

OPORTO

Today: Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, panoramic tour of the city including Douro River, the cathedral, and the STOCK EXCHANGE with its contemporary ARABIAN HALL, inspired by Granada’s Alhambra. In the afternoon, we will have a river cruise (around 1h) and the same time at leisure.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in Porto.

Day
4

Oporto / Aveiro/ Batalha / Lisbon

Today: Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to Aveiro known worldwide for its naval production and salt production, since the Roman times. The city has buildings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in “Art Nouveau”. The Ria remains “lively” with its canals, where today the moliceiros give life and joy to the visitors. The city is known as the Portuguese Venice. Continue towards the south and visit the best example of gothic architecture in Portugal: Batalha´s monastery. This monastery was started to be built during the XIV century and it has not been finished.

Evening: Continue to Lisbon.

Day
5

LISBON / HOME

Today: Breakfast. Depart after breakfast for Lisbon Airport for our flight home arriving home the same day, taking with us many memories and blessings to last a lifetime.

Day
1

Lisbon / Coimbra / Braga / Santiago de Compostela

Today: Breakfast in the hotel. Departure from Lisbon to Coimbra for a visit to the Carmelite Monastery where Sister Lucia lived for many years prior to her death. Continue to Braga to visit to Bom Jesus de Monte shrine (UNESCO site) dedicated to the Good Jesus of the Mountain. It is a pilgrimage site with six chapels dedicated to the Passion of Christ.

Evening: Continue to Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight.

Day
2

Santiago de Compostela

Today: After breakfast, we depart our hotel for a half-day excursion to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela. We celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. James and enjoy an orientation tour of one of Europe’s most spectacular cathedral with inspiring works of art. Tradition invites us to take part in the rites connected to the blessings of St. James. The most important and meaningful one is for us to climb the stairs behind the altar and hug the statue, visit the crypt under the altar holding the relics of St. James and touch the central pillar (Portico de La Gloria). We will visit the Cloister Museum before we take an enjoyable stroll through the Plaza del Obradoiro (one of the most famous squares in Santiago), and explore this city’s narrow streets filled with interesting shops of tile, jewelry, chocolates, glass, lace, and its fascinating architecture. Afternoon for private devotions.

Evening: Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compostela.

Day
3

Santiago de Compostela / Pontevedra / Santiago de Conmpostela

Today: Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy a half-day tour to Pontevedra. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of Pontevedra, a city that dates to the Roman times. Visit the convent where Sr. Lucia spent time as a postulant and had a vision of the Blessed Mother requesting the Five First Saturday Devotion as, well as a visit from Jesus, as a very young child reminding Sr. Lucia of this request. Continue with a visit to the 16th-century church Santa Maria la Mayor. There will be leisure time to explore this ancient city on your own.

Evening: Return to Santiago de Compostela for dinner and overnight.

Day
4

Santiago / Porto / Home

Today: Breakfast. Depart after breakfast for Porto Airport for our flight home arriving home the same day, taking with us many memories and blessings to last a lifetime.

Day
1

Lisbon / Batalha / Alcobaça / Nazare / Fatima

Today: We have an excursion seeing other Shrines to Our Lady, as we drive by Batalha, a fantastic gothic church from the end of 13 hundred, built in honor of Our Lady of the Victory, that had for centuries the Dominican community praying the Perpetual Rosary. (30 minutes drive from Fatima) We continue to Alcobaça Abbey from the 12 C where we have the longest Cistercian Church of Portugal, built following the model of Cluny, France, for the new order of St. Bernard. This is nowadays another UNESCO site, together with Batalha, that we have visited before. (30 minutes drive) Continue on to Nazaré, Shrine dedicated to the Blessed Mother since the early times, before the Muslim’s invasion, and Patroness of the fishermen. Now it stands on a cliff overlooking the famous sandy beach and the coast known for the giant waves. (30 minutes drive).

Evening: Overnight in Fatima.

Day
2

Fatima / Lisbon / Fatima

Today: This morning we drive south to go to Lisboa, (1h30 drive) the capital of Portugal. We start by driving along the river Tagus, and we see the newest area of the Park of the Nations, and we admire the wide Vasco da Gama bridge, 7 miles long! We pass also by the oldest quarter of Lisbon, Alfama, and we see from the bus the towers of the Cathedral, from the 12 C. Just across this fantastic church we have the birthplace of St. Anthony, now a Shrine of the Franciscan Fathers. We can stop for a prayer. Driving again on sightseeing we cross the downtown, on our way to Belem, where we admire the Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower, and we stop on the gardens by the river for our lunch stop. In the afternoon, we go across the river to see the Shrine of Christ the King, this beautiful statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus blessing the city, and we admire the fantastic view over Lisbon, before returning to Fatima.

Evening: Overnight in Fatima.

Day
3

Fatima / Tomar / Coimbra / Fatima

Today: We are going to explore the castle of Tomar, of the Knight Templars, a fantastic medieval construction overlooking the valley of the Nabao river, and well preserved along the centuries, with its seven cloisters used by the Knights of Christ. Inside we admire the unique Rotonda, the circular Church inspired in the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. The manuelino nave, the fantastic window, and the renaissance cloisters are also worth a visit. (45 minutes drive) We end up enjoying some free time in the center, in the park along the river, where we can get to enjoy the local sweets and a coffee. After our break, we go North, to Coimbra. (1hour drive) This is the city of students as the first university was founded in 1290. But it is also known as the city of Saints, referring to our first Portuguese ever canonized, abbot of the Holy Cross Convent, St. Teotonio. The second saint in this city is St. Anthony of Padua, Actually here he studied and became the famous theologian that later went to Morocco and Italy, where he died, in the city of Padua.

The third Saint is our Holy Queen Saint Isabel, princess of Aragon who married our King, and after becoming a widow joined the poor Claire’s community. The last Saint is Lucia, the oldest of the three children of Fatima, living here as a cloistered Carmelite sister, in the simplicity of the Carmel. We can pray in the Chapel and visit the Memorial built in her honor. On our sightseeing tour, we will see from the coach all these places and churches. After some walk along the old narrow streets, we have some free time in downtown, before entering Fatima.

Evening: Overnight in Fatima.

Day
4

Fatima / Lisbon

Today: This day we say Farewell to Fatima, as we approach the end of our pilgrimage, we return to our favorite sites, meditating and filling up our hearts by this Message of Faith, Hope, and Charity. Praying for others, sacrificing ourselves, saying the rosary asking for the Triumph of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, as promised here during the Apparitions, and for Peace in the world. We return to Lisbon airport for our flight back home (1h30 drive)