World Youth Day Pilgrimage 2016

WYD Beginnings

In 1984 at the close of the Holy Year of Redemption, over 300,000 young people from around the world responded to the invitation of His Holiness John Paul II for an International Jubilee of youth on Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s square. Looking out to the crowds who answered his invitation he said, “What a fantastic spectacle is presented on this stage by your gathering here today! Who claimed that today’s youth has lost their sense of values? Is it really true that they cannot be counted on?” It was at this gathering that the Holy Father entrusted to the youth what is now known as the World Youth Day Cross, to be carried throughout the world as a symbol of the love of Christ for humanity.

World Youth Day will be held in Krakow, Poland July 25 – 31, 2016.


The Oblate World Youth Days (WYD OMI) will be held in Wroclaw, Poland from July 20 - 25, 2016.
During these 5 days we will experience numerous events – conferences, encounter with Father General, meeting with the Provincial Superior of Polish Oblates, Holy Masses, Nation’s Festival, Stations of the Cross, concerts, theatrical performances as well as other attractions.

WYD Calendar