“Go and make disciples of all nations!” (cf. Mt 28:19)
The WYDs has its origin in large meetings with the youth celebrated by Pope John Paul II in Rome. The international youth meeting on the occasion of the Holy Year of Redemption came in 1984, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. It was there that the Pope gave to the WYD Cross which became one of the main symbols of WYD, known as the Cross Day.
The World Youth Day (WYD), as it was named in 1985, continues to show the world the witness of a living and renewing faith, transforming the face of Christ in every young person.
They are the young, the protagonists of this great gathering of faith, hope and unity. WYD’s main objective is to make known to all youth in the world the message of Christ, but it is also true that, through them, the ‘face’ Young Christ is also shown to the world.
The World Youth Day, held annually in the dioceses of the world, provides every 2 or 3 years an international meeting of young people with the Pope, which lasts about a week. The latest edition of the International Youth Day was held in August 2011, in Madrid, Spain, and brought together more than 190 countries.
In addition to being in another country, with its tourist charms, participation in the day requires a prepared body for the pilgrimage and an open heart to the wonders that God has in store for each one. They are catechesis, testimonies, sharing, examples of love of your neighbour and the Church, music festivals and cultural activities. Finally, it is a meeting of hearts that are driven by the same belief and hope that the diversity in fraternity is possible.
The Mumbai Diocesan Youth Centre is organising a Pilgrimage to WYD 2013.
Get more information @
WYD 2013 Official Site http://www.rio2013.com/en Salesian Youth – WYD http://mjs.org.br/en/
World Youth Day http://worldyouthday.com/
WYD Central http://wydcentral.org/
Catholic Pilgrim Office http://wyd.catholicpilgrimoffice.com/ Download the Anthem of WYD 2013 in mp3 format
or view the Video on the Official WYD site