A chronology of World Youth Days

  

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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)
2nd International youth meeting on the occasion of International Youth Year.
The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II addresses an Apostolic Letter to the youth of the world (31 March 1985). He announces the institution of World Youth Day (20 December 1985).
Theme Song: Resta qui con noi

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)
Theme song: Un nuevo sol
Pope: John Paul II

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)
Theme song: Somos los jovenes del 2000
Pope: John Paul II

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)
Theme song: Abba ojcze
Pope: John Paul II

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)
Theme song: We are one body
Pope: John Paul II

1994-1995 – 9th and 10th World Youth Day
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)
Theme song: Let us tell the world of his love.
Pope: John Paul II

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)
Theme song: Maître et Seigneur
Pope: John Paul II

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)
Theme song: Emmanuel
Pope: John Paul II

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)

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)
Theme song: Lumière du monde/Light of the world
Pope: John Paul II

2003 – 18th World Youth Day
Theme: “Behold, your mother!” (Jn 19,27)
Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (13 April)

2004 – 19th World Youth Day
Theme: “We wish to see Jesus” (Jn 12,21)
Celebration (diocesan level): Palm Sunday (4 April)

2005 – 20th World Youth Day
Theme: “We have come to worship Him” (Mt 2,2)
International celebration: Cologne, Germany (August 16-21)
Theme song: Venimus adorare eum
Pope: Benedict XVI

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)

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)

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
Theme song: Receive the power
Pope: Benedict XVI

2009 – 24th World Youth Day
Theme: “We have set our hope on the living God”
(1 Tm 4:10)

2010 – 25th World Youth Day
Theme: “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
(Mk 10:17)

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
Theme song: Firmes en la fe
Pope: Benedict XVI

2012 – 27th World Youth Day
Theme: “Rejoice in the Lord always”
(Philip 4:4)

2013 – 28th World Youth Day
Theme: “Go, make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19)
International Celebration: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 23-29 July 2013
Theme song: Esperança do amanhecer
Pope: Francis