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History of WYD

In Rome 1984, whensome of ushadn’tbeenbornyet, John Paul II hadgiven the cross of the JubileeYear to the youngpeoplegatheredtogetherthere. A yearafterthatevent, youthhasgatheredagain with Holy Fatherbecause of the International YouthYearproclaimed by the United Nations. There was only one conclusion – thereis a greatneed of suchmeetings. It was enough for the Pope John Paul II to proclaim World Youth Day on December 20, 1985.


1985 ROME
“Always be prepared to make a defence to anyonewhocallsyou to account for the hopethatis in you” (1Pt 3:15)
After a meetingorganized on the occasion of International YouthYear, John Paul II hasestablished World Youth Day.

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1987 BUENOS AIRES
 “We ourselves haveknown and putourfaith in God’s love towardsourselves” (1Jn 4:16)
Because of a largenumber of people, central eventstook place on Plaza de Constitución, one of the biggestsquares of the capital of Argentina.

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1989 SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
 “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6)
Animportantdate for Europe – the decline of greatideologies, difficultsearching for identity, loss in the verybasictruths.

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1991 CZĘSTOCHOWA
 “Youhavereceived a spirit of sonship” (Rom 8:15)
The firstmeeting of thatkind in Poland after the decline of communism.

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1993 DENVER
I camethattheymighthave life, and haveit to the full” (Jn 10:10)
In the world, itis a time of struggle for the dignity of humanbeings and a time to build a “civilization of love”.

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1995 MANILA
“As the Fathersent me, soam I sendingyou” (Jn 20: 21)
So far, the record-breakingmeeting of youth with John Paul II. Statistics show 4 000 000 of participants.

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1997 PARYŻ
“Teacher, whereareyoustaying? Come and see” (cf. Jn 1:38-39)
By itspresence, youthhas borne the most beautifulwitness.

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2000 ROME
“The Word becameflesh and dweltamongus” (Jn 1:14)
The Extraordinary Holy Year of Jubilee of Redemption. Onceagainyoungpeoplehasmultitudinouslycome for the meeting with the Pope.

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2002 TORONTO
 “Youare the salt of the earth … youare the light of the world” (Mt 5, 13-14)
WYD took place in a cityinhabited by 150 differentethnicgroups.

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2005 KOLONIA
 “We havecome to worshipHim” (Mt 2,2)
The first WYD with the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.

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2008 SYDNEY
“Youwillreceivepowerwhen the Holy Spirithascome upon you; and youwill be my witnesses” (Acts 1, 8)
The meetinghasbeencalled “the confirmation of the world”.
It was held for the firsttime in Oceania.

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2011 MADRYT
“Planted and builtup in JesusChrist, firm in the faith” (cf Col 2:7)
By the media, the eventhasbeencalled “the feast of Benedict XVI generation”.

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013 RIO DE JANEIRO
“Go, makedisciples of allnations” (Matt 28:19)
The first WYD with the presence of Pope Francis.