This year, WYD will be celebrated at the diocesan level on the Solemnity of Christ the King with the theme “Arise! I make you a witness of what you have seen,” inspired by Jesus’ words to St. Paul recorded in Acts 26:16.
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Pope Francis announced last November that these local youth celebrations should take place on the Solemnity of Christ the King starting in 2021. They had formerly been held on Palm Sunday.
The theme of World Youth Day in Lisbon in 2023 is “Mary arose and went with haste.”
The global Catholic youth event is not just a moment of encounter, but an invitation to grow in holiness, according to participants.
Panama archbishop shared with youth the witness of saints, including Martin de Porres, Rose of Lima, Juan Diego and John Paul II.
The relic is a gift from Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz to the Church in Panama as it prepares to host the 2019 World Youth Day.
The 2017 and 2018 diocesan-level events as well as the international gathering in 2019 will all be taken from Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Luke.