• The first World Youth Day was held in Rome in 1986 on Palm Sunday.
Every year since, World Youth Day has been celebrated at a Diocesan
• Every two to three years, World Youth Day is taken to an international
host city. The international World Youth Days are a week-long series of
events attended by the Pope and hundreds of thousands of young
people from all over the world.
• The week culminates in a Final Mass celebrated by the Pope on the last day (the actual World Youth Day). Typically, it is the largest event of
the week and, overseas, has drawn millions of people.
• The Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL) – a key Vatican body – is
responsible for World Youth Days globally
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