Wait! Just what is World Youth Day?
World Youth Day is a great worldwide encounter with the Pope, which is celebrated every three years in a different country. In 2011, it was hosted by Madrid, Spain from 13 to 21 of August. In 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, played host to World Youth Day July 23 – 28.
World Youth Day 2016 will be hosted by Krakow, Poland July 25 – 31. Theme: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)
In 2011, over 2 million faithful Catholic Christian young people from over 190 countries traveled to the Spanish city of Madrid, gathering to celebrate their Catholic faith and to realize the hope of those young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others.
Through the sacraments and prayer, thousands of young pilgrims deepened their faith and grow closer to Christ in a unique way, sharing their interests and ambitions.
With many prayers and supporters back home, I was able to attend World Youth Day Madrid 2011, representing the United States and an American delegation from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, along with 160 other young people from over 12 countries, just in my group. Incredible.
Some of the encounters I had with Christ, the Church and its Sacraments, are my most memorable moments of my life.