Jun 292008

Purpose of World Youth Day

World Youth Day was established by Pope John Paul II in 1986 as an

annual event to reach out to the youth of the world

Pope John Paul II was inspired by the massive gatherings of young

people in Rome for the 1984 Youth Jubilee and the 1985 United

Nations International Year of Youth. He wanted to bring together

young Catholics from around the globe to celebrate and learn about

their faith on a more regular basis.

Pope John Paul II saw World Youth Day as a way to reach out to the

next generation of Catholics, to demonstrate confidence in them, to

rejuvenate the Church and ensure that the core teachings of Christ

are transmitted and lived.

World Youth Day is a pilgrimage of faith, where young people from

diverse backgrounds meet and experience the love of God.

World Youth Day is an invitation from the Pope to the youth of the

world to celebrate their faith around a particular theme. Everyone is

welcome to attend

World Youth Day is now the largest youth event in the world

Information taken from –

World Youth Day Sydney 2008 Fact Sheet

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