Pope Francis visits Lisbon for World Youth Day 2023

Image of Pope Francis.

Image of Pope Francis. Image: neneo/Shutterstock.com

After much anticipation and a year’s delay due to the pandemic, World Youth Day (WYD) 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, is set to take place from today August 1 to 6. This event promises to be unique in several ways, making it an unforgettable experience for participants from all corners of the world.

First-time Host Country

Portugal is hosting WYD for the first time. This small nation with rich historical significance and Catholic heritage will warmly welcome pilgrims from across the globe.

Sustainability Commitment

WYD 2023 is striving to be the most sustainable edition yet. Organisers have implemented a carbon footprint calculator that participants can use to track their greenhouse gas emissions during the event. Pilgrims will also be engaged in offsetting the environmental impact through tree-planting initiatives and using reusable water bottles to reduce plastic waste.

Vibrant Youth Festival

WYD is not just about the main events with the Pope; it also features the Youth Festival, offering more than 500 events at 100 different venues, all with free admission. From music concerts with over 100 bands from five continents to film screenings, theatre performances, and dance shows, the festival promises to showcase diverse cultural expressions.

The Sports Side

For sports enthusiasts, WYD 2023 introduces exciting opportunities, including a beach volleyball tournament at Carcavelos Beach, blind soccer, walking soccer, and korfball events at the University Stadium.

Presence of Historic Relics

Participants will have the chance to be close to relics of significant saints, including St. John Paul II, the founder of World Youth Day. Alongside relics of St. Mary Magdalene, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and Blessed Carlo Acutis, these sacred artifacts add to the spiritual significance of the event.

Visit to Fatima

During the trip, Pope Francis will visit Fatima, one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites globally. This will be the second time the Pope visits the Marian shrine, where the Virgin Mary appeared to three children over a century ago.

Opportunities to Meet the Pope

WYD 2023 offers several chances to see Pope Francis up close. From the welcome ceremony in Eduardo VII Park to the Stations of the Cross and the Sunday Mass in Parque Tejo, participants can witness these memorable moments with the Pope.

Full itinerary for Pope Francis here: https://aleteia.org/2023/06/10/pope-francis-schedule-for-his-trip-to-portugal/

Announcement of Next WYD

At the concluding mass, the location of the next World Youth Day will be announced, adding to the anticipation and excitement among the youth.

World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon promises to be a unique and sustainable event, filled with cultural expressions, spiritual experiences, and the joy of meeting young people from diverse backgrounds. With Pope Francis at the helm, this gathering will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on all who attend, fostering a sense of global unity and faith.

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Written by

Catherine McGeer

I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!


    • Naimah Yianni

      02 August 2023 • 16:04

      Yeah I heard that he likes young people. Greenhouse gasses my arse. More brainwashing of the young

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