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CHRONICLE OF WORLD YOUTH DAYS

 

1984  Rome. St Peter’s Square, Palm Sunday (15 April 1984)

          International youth meeting on the occasion of the Holy Year of the Redemption.

          The Pope presents and entrusts young people with the Cross (22 April 1984)

 

1985  Rome. St Peter’s Square - Palm Sunday (31 March 1985)

International youth meeting on the occasion of International Youth Year.

The Holy Father addresses an Apostolic Letter to the youth of the world (31 March 1985)

He announces the institution of World Youth Day (20 December 1985)

 

1986  1st World Youth Day

Theme: “Always be prepared to make a defence to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1Pt 3:15)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (23 March 1986)

 

1987  2nd World Youth Day

Theme:“We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves” (1Jn 4:16)

Celebration (international level) - Buenos Aires, Argentina (11-12 April 1987)

 

1988  3rd World Youth Day

Theme: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (27 March 1988)

 

1989  4th World Youth Day

Theme: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6)

Celebration (international level) - Santiago de Compostela, Spain (15-20 August 1989)

 

1990  5th World Youth Day

Theme: “I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn 15:5)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (8 April 1990)

 

1991  6th World Youth Day

Theme: “You have received a spirit of sonship” (Rom 8:15)

Celebration (international level) - Czestochowa, Poland (10-15 August 1991)

 

1992  7th World Youth Day

Theme: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mk 16:15)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (12 April 1992)

 

1993  8th World Youth Day

Theme: “I came that they might have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10)

Celebration (international level) - Denver, USA (10-15 August 1993)

 

1994-1995

Theme: “As the Father sent me, so am I sending you” (Jn 20: 21)

9th World Youth Day

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (27 March 1994)

10th World Youth Day

Celebration (international level) - Manila, Philippines (10-15 January 1995)

 

1996  11th World Youth Day

Theme: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (31 March 1996)

 

1997  12th World Youth Day

Theme: “Teacher, where are you staying? Come and see” (cf. Jn 1:38-39)

Celebration (international level) - Paris, France (19-24 August 1997)

 

1998  13th World Youth Day

Theme: “The Holy Spirit will teach you all things” (cf Jn 14:26 )

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (5 April 1998)

 

1999  14th World Youth Day

Theme: “The Father loves you” (cf. Jn 16:27)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (28 March 1999)

 

2000  15th World Youth Day - Youth Jubilee

Theme: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14)

Celebration (international level) - Rome, Italy (15-20 August 2000)

 

2001  16th World Youth Day

Theme: ““If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me (Lk 9:23)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (8 April 2001)

 

2002  17th World Youth Day

Theme: "You are the salt of the earth ... you are the light of the world" (Mt 5: 13,14)

Celebration (international level) - Toronto, Canada (23-28 July 2002)

 

2003  18th World Youth Day

Theme: "Behold, your mother!" (Jn 19,27)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (13 April 2003)

 

2004  19th World Youth Day

Theme: "We wish to see Jesus" (Jn 12,21)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (4 April 2004)

 

2005  20th World Youth Day

Theme: "We have come to worship Him" (Mt 2,2)

International celebration - Cologne, Germany (August 16-21)

 

2006  21st World Youth Day

Theme: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Ps 119, 105)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (9 April 2006)

 

2007  22nd World Youth Day

Theme: "Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another" (Jn 13, 34)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (8 April 2007)

 

2008  23rd World Youth Day

Theme: "You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses" (Acts 1, 8)

International celebration - Sydney, Australia (15-20 July 2008)

 

2009  24th World Youth Day

Theme: "We have set our hope on the living God"
(1 Tm 4:10)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (5 April 2009)

 

2010  25th World Youth Day

Theme: "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
(Mk 10:17)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (28 March 2010)

 

2011  26th World Youth Day

Theme: "Planted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith"
(cf Col 2:7)

International celebration - Madrid, Spain (16-21 August 2011)          

 

2012  27th World Youth Day

Theme:Rejoice in the Lord always!
(cf. Phil 4:4)

Celebration (diocesan level) - Palm Sunday (1 April 2012)

 

2013  28th World Youth Day

Theme: "Go and make disciples of all nations!"
(cf. Mt 28:19)

International celebration - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (22-29 July 2013)

 

2014  29th World Youth Day

Theme: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5:3).

Celebration (diocesan level)

 

2015  30th World Youth Day

Theme:  "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Mt 5:8).

Celebration (diocesan level)

 

2016  31st World Youth Day

Theme:  "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Mt 5:7).

International celebration - Krakow, Poland

 

 

 

 

 

 

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