What is WYD?

More than a meeting that brings together thousands or even millions of young people, the World Youth Day testifies to a living Church and constantly updated. It is they, the youth, the protagonists of this great gathering of faith, hope and unity. WYD main aims, to make known to all young people of the world the message of Christ, but it is also true that through them it shows the world the “face” young Christ.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

- Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

History WYD


It all started with a meeting led by Pope John Paul II in 1984. It was a love, longed for God and welcomed by young people. Voices need to be heard and hearts open to receive them. The World Youth Day WYD, as it was called after 1985, the world continues to show evidence of a living faith, transforming, showing the face of Christ in each youth. About 300 thousand young people were meeting with the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square, in 1984, when he gave the Pilgrim Cross Day. And so the meetings followed in Rome (1986 - Diocesan), Buenos Aires (Argentina - 1987), Santiago de Compostela (Spain - 1989), Czestochowa (Poland 1991), Denver (USA - 1993) Manila (Philippines - 1995) , Paris (France - 1997), Rome (Italy - 2000), Toronto (Canada - 2002) and Benedict XVI in Cologne (Germany - 2005), Sydney (Australia - 2008), Madrid (Spain - 2011), Rio of Janeiro (Brazil - 2013), Krakow (Poland - 2016), and Panama City (Panama - 2019) The next WYD will be in Lisbon 2023

Towards the Marist International Youth 2023


In 2008, during World Youth Day in Sydney was held the first International Festival of Young Brothers.
In 2011, during World Youth Day in Madrid, held the second edition, but taking the name of: International Youth Marist (IYM).
In 2013, during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, there was another important moment for Marist Youth: it took place the Third International Marist Youth Gathering.
In 2016, prior to the World Youth Day in Krakow, the fourth edition of the Young Marists was held in Lyon, France, where the 200th anniversary of Fourvière pledge was celebrated. The motto was "dare to dream".
In 2019, prior the World Youth Day in Panama, the fifth edition of Youth Marists in Guatemala took take place. The motto of the meeting is "weaving life" Towards the Marist International Youth, Lisbon 2023 – We wish it takes place there, uncertain times after Covid19 Pandemic.