World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope.
The location for WYD is chosen on an alternate basis and the city changes in each edition. The edition of 2023 is organized in Lisbon.
WYD presents itself as an invitation to a generation determined to build a fairer and more solidary world. A celebration of youth, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.
Over the course of a week, young people from all over the world are welcomed, mainly in public, parish facilities, or family homes.
In addition to the moments of prayer, sharing and leisure, the young people enrolled in this celebration participate in various initiatives organized by the WYD team, in different locations across the host city. The highlights are the celebrations (central features) for which the Pope is present, such as the welcoming and opening ceremony, the Way of the Cross, the vigil and, on the last day, the closing mass.