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.
“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.
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.
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.
“Youhavereceived a spirit of sonship” (Rom 8:15)
The firstmeeting of thatkind in Poland after the decline of communism.
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”.
“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.
“Teacher, whereareyoustaying? Come and see” (cf. Jn 1:38-39)
By itspresence, youthhas borne the most beautifulwitness.
“The Word becameflesh and dweltamongus” (Jn 1:14)
The Extraordinary Holy Year of Jubilee of Redemption. Onceagainyoungpeoplehasmultitudinouslycome for the meeting with the Pope.
“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.
“We havecome to worshipHim” (Mt 2,2)
The first WYD with the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.
“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.
“Planted and builtup in JesusChrist, firm in the faith” (cf Col 2:7)
By the media, the eventhasbeencalled “the feast of Benedict XVI generation”.
013 RIO DE JANEIRO
“Go, makedisciples of allnations” (Matt 28:19)
The first WYD with the presence of Pope Francis.