Registration for World Youth Day 2019 opens
Registration for the World Youth Day 2019 has commenced after Pope Francis declared that preparations begin.
The day will be celebrated in Panama, Central America in January next year.
World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country. The most recent WYD was celebrated in Krakow, Poland from July 26th to 31st, 2016 and the next World Youth Day will be held in Panama City, Panama from January 22nd to 27th, 2019.
WYD is open to all young people who want to take part in a festive encounter with their contemporaries centered on Jesus Christ. This event is an opportunity to experience in first person the universality of the Church; to share with the whole world the hope of many young people who want to commit themselves to Christ and others. World Youth Day is a unique way to deepen your faith and grow closer to Christ, by means of prayer and the sacraments, together with thousands of other young people who share your interests and ambitions.
Pope Francis registered as a pilgrim for World Youth Day 2019 after praying the Angelus on February 11, 2018, in St. Peter’s Square. On July 9, 2018, the Vatican made the official announcement that the Holy Father will be in Panama from January 23-27, 2019.
The announcement was made by Vatican Press Secretary Greg Burke. World Youth Day 2019 will run from January 22-27, 2019, in Panama.
Pope John Paul II (now Saint) created the World Youth Day in 1985 to harness the energy of young people and encourage them to participate in his call for a “new evangelisation.”
The first World Youth Day gathering took place in Rome in 1986. The gatherings, held every three years, draw millions of participants from around the world.
The late pontiff also created a special “youth section” within the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Laity, charged with co-ordinating world youth days.
Pope’s message for WYD
Already in March 2017, Pope Francis released a video message for the 2019 event, inviting young people to look to the Blessed Virgin Mary as they continue their pilgrimage toward the event.
‘Mary did not stay at home because she was not a young couch potato who looks for comfort and safety where nobody can bother them. She was moved by faith because faith is at the heart of Our Mother’s entire life story.’
You can follow the link below for the registration.