Date of World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 to be Announced in October

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Initially, World Youth Day Lisbon was to be held in the year 2022, but the event was postponed in April 2020 due to the pandemic.

Newsroom (17/09/2021 22:20, Gaudium Press) The organizers of World Youth Day (WYD) Lisbon 2023 have announced via a post on the event’s official Instagram account that the date of this meeting of youth from around the world will be released on October 4.

WYD Lisbon has been postponed due to the pandemic

Initially, WYD Lisbon was to be held in the year 2022, but the event was postponed in April 2020 due to the pandemic. This decision was made by the Holy Father in union with the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life (Holy See), which also affected the date of the World Day of Families.

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) stated at the time that the priority would be to concentrate efforts and resources on supporting the groups of people affected by the pandemic. “The LOC and the work teams already in place are enthusiastic about the prospect of preparing in the best way for WYD in Portugal, in the certainty that the event will bring to the Portuguese capital the hope and joy of young people from all over the world.”

History of World Youth Day

Created in 1985 by Saint John Paul II, World Youth Day consists of a gathering of thousands of young Catholics from different dioceses around the world. These events take place every two to three years, and each time the Pope chooses a new country to host the event.

The first gathering took place in the year 1986, in Rome. The other WYD events have taken place in the following cities: Buenos Aires (1987), Santiago de Compostela (1989), Czestochowa (1991), Denver (1993), Manila (1995), Paris (1997), Rome (2000), Toronto (2002), Cologne (2005), Sydney (2008), Madrid (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2013), Krakow (2016,) and Panama (2019). (EPC)

Compiled by Sandra Chisholm

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