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World Youth Day 2023 (WYD 2023) is taking place in Portugal. But what does the event represent? It is a meeting between the Pope and young people from all around the globe.
Since 1986, there have been 15 World Youth Days in various parts of the world, including Denver (USA), Manila (Philippines), Sydney (Australia), Toronto (Canada), Rome (Italy) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). The meeting takes place every 2, 3 or 4 years, in a city announced by the Pope at the previous Youth Day. It is the largest worldwide event organised by the Catholic Church.
Where and when will World Youth Day 2023 take place?
In Lisbon, from 31 July to 6 August. Countless pilgrims are expected to arrive in the days leading up to it. They will take part in various events, either planned by the host parishes, organised by religious orders, or even structured by the Youth Day organisation itself.
The young pilgrims will be welcomed by the dioceses of Lisbon, Santarém and Setúbal.