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
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