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About WYD

About WYD 2017-08-14T20:14:45+00:00

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Krakow, Poland from July 26th to 31st, 2016 and the next World Youth Day will be held in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.

History

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Krakow, Poland from July 26th to 31st, 2016 and the next World Youth Day will be held in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.

Icon and Cross

The World Youth Day cross has many names: Jubilee Cross, Pilgrim Cross, and Youth Cross. It was entrusted to the youth as they were given the commission to “carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ’s love for humanity, and announce to everyone that only in the death and resurrection of Christ can we find salvation and redemption.”

Internships

Our year-round internships are available to students and working professionals alike. All interns are unpaid volunteers that contribute remotely as part of a virtual team. You will have the freedom to work independently while still collaborating with other interns and receiving guidance from an experienced mentor.

Video Gallery

WYD Media

Check out our Videos from Past World Youth Days to see the excitement for yourself!

Video Gallery

History

The Palm Sunday directly following the very first World Youth Day, coinciding with the United Nation’s International Year of the Youth, Our Holy Father took the opportunity to welcome the youth of the world to Rome again. Later, announcing the institution of World Youth Day on December 20, 1985, and the first official WYD was held in 1986.

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International WYD’s

The following year brought about a new tradition when the second event and first international WYD took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Every Palm Sunday has since been designated as a World Youth Day, alternately celebrated at the diocesan and international levels. There have been 12 International World Youth Day celebrations, where the youth continue to answer the invitation of the Holy Father in staggering numbers and carry home the message received there to be Christ’s light to the world. While these events are organized by the clergy and laity of the Catholic Church, youth of all faiths are invited to attend and encounter Christ, making this gathering truly universal.

Beginnings

An outside glance of an international World Youth Day would spark a bystander’s curiosity as massive crowds of young people flood the city streets. Some might cringe at the thought of those words, wondering what delinquency is in store, but to witness this gathering would end those fears. The happenstance observer would witness not angst and malice, but smiles and joy, singing and dancing young people, culture upon culture and nation upon nation, proudly holding their flags high (or wearing them), greeting one another in peace, trading their tokens, humbly realizing how small they are in a world of people, and strengthened to witness so many who share their convictions. How did it all begin?

Internships

You love World Youth Day – the joyful singing of young people praising God, the excitement of the crowds surrounded by their friends in faith, and the words of our Holy Father drawing you closer to Christ. You’ve seen how the Holy Spirit transforms lives during these special days. You have a heart for serving others, and you want to gain professional experience as part of a mission that helps get teens and young adults off the couch and on a pilgrimage. You are WorldYouthDay.com Intern material!

Our year-round internships are available to students and working professionals alike. All interns are unpaid volunteers that contribute remotely as part of a virtual team. You will have the freedom to work independently while still collaborating with other interns and receiving guidance from an experienced mentor.

To apply for one of our open positions, please email your resume and a letter explaining why you want to fill this role to Admin@WorldYouthDay.com with the internship title in the subject line.

Available Internships

Content Development

Wish you could find more pilgrim-generated stories and pictures on WorldYouthDay.com? So do we! Our Content Development Intern will be tasked with developing a high-level plan for the types and sources of content to be featured on WorldYouthDay.com. You will then implement your plan by writing , soliciting, and otherwise generating text, photo, and video content for the site while working closely with your fellow interns. The expected time commitment is 10 hours/week for 3 months, with an opportunity to expand the role into a longer internship according to your interest and abilities.

Graphic Design

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Social Media Strategy

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Sponsorship Strategy

Our Sponsorship Strategy Intern will be responsible for developing a comprehensive program to generate financial support for WorldYouthDay.com operations. You will then lead efforts to attract and retain sponsors and other income sources for the site, utilizing the support of your fellow interns. The expected time commitment is 10 hours/week for 3 months, with an opportunity to expand the role into a longer internship according to your interest and abilities.

Icon and Cross

WYD Cross:

The World Youth Day cross has many names: Jubilee Cross, Pilgrim Cross, and Youth Cross. It was entrusted to the youth as they were given the commission to “carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ’s love for humanity, and announce to everyone that only in the death and resurrection of Christ can we find salvation and redemption.”The cross set out with the young people from St. Peter’s in 1984 and has since been carried around the world, making a pilgrimage from parish to parish, diocese to diocese, and country to country (see history)

World Youth Day Cross in Sydney

Where is the Cross:

In association with the World Youth Days, the cross will precede an international World Youth Day in a country. For example, on Palm Sunday 2009, the youth of Australia met the youth of Madrid in Rome to entrust the cross to them.

Since 2006 the cross has been making its journey through the south pacific as a testimony of Christ’s love. In 2008 it was in Sydney for the 23rd World Youth Day there. Preceding the WYD in Madrid 2011 it will be carried by the youth of Spain throughout their country renewing hope in salvation and redemption through Christ.

WYD Icon:

The cross does not journey alone, however. In our time it will always be accompanied by an icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary (as Christ Himself was accompanied by his mother in history.) On Palm Sunday in Rome, 2003, a delegation of Canadian youth passed on the cross to that of Germany.

On the same occasion, Pope John Paul II entrusted to the youth an icon of the Blessed Mother that would accompany the cross. “It will be a sign of Mary’s motherly presence close to young people who are called, like the Apostle John, to welcome her into their lives,” said the pontiff.

Impact:

So the cross and icon are carried together through the world touching hearts and inspiring holiness. There are countless testimonies from people who have encountered the pilgrim Cross and Icon. One youth from Canada’s delegation to receive the cross prior to WYD 2002 in Toronto said, “This cross has had a tremendous impact on all of the nations where it has been present. This was evident to me during the ceremonies when we received the cross from the Italians. They were extremely emotional, crying tears of sorrow because they did not want to give it up. We, on the other hand, were crying tears of joy because we were receiving a powerful symbol that we know will impact our nation

Perspective

An outside glance of an international World Youth Day would spark a bystander’s curiosity as massive crowds of young people flood the city streets. Some might cringe at the thought of those words, wondering what delinquency is in store, but to witness this gathering would end those fears. The happenstance observer would witness not angst and malice, but smiles and joy, singing and dancing young people, culture upon culture and nation upon nation, proudly holding their flags high (or wearing them), greeting one another in peace, trading their tokens, humbly realizing how small they are in a world of people, and strengthened to witness so many who share their convictions. How did it all begin?

Reflection

In Toronto, the last International WYD in which JPII was present he told the 800,000 gathered with him at the vigil, “When, back in 1985, I wanted to start the World Youth Days… I imagined a powerful moment in which the young people of the world could meet Christ, who is eternally young, and could learn from him how to be bearers of the Gospel to other young people. This evening, together with you, I praise God and give thanks to him for the gift bestowed on the Church through the World Youth Days. Millions of young people have taken part, and as a result have become better and more committed Christian witnesses.”

John Paul II left a legacy for the youth in his institution of World Youth Day, which Pope Benedict XVI has faithfully continued, carrying on the hope of His predecessor for the youth of the world, inviting them and commissioning them as Christ’s disciples to be faithful living witnesses.