of young people from around the world to celebrate the love of Christ for humanity.
to gather with millions of young people from around the world who share your love of Christ and want to celebrate His mercy and love.
we will get to experience the Portuguese history, culture, and food! We will also be participating in a retreat experience in Fatima, joining millions of young Catholics in prayer and celebration, and journeying with the Holy Father through an experience of a powerful overnight vigil, closing with a Papal Mass.
Our preparation for the 2023 WYD will be readying our group to enter into a pilgrimage. It is very exciting to travel to Europe for this international gathering; however, this trip isn’t a vacation. It’s a journey of seeking and experiencing God.
Each celebration of World Youth Day has a special Scriptural theme. The theme for WYD Lisbon 2023 is, “Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39). Mary of Nazareth is the great figure of the Christian journey, who teaches us to say yes to god. The Scripture passage chosen begins the account of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. Mary, in her action of getting up presents herself both as a woman of charity and mission. She leaves hurriedly – we, too, as young people, are called to get up and go to be missionary evangelists for the Church and for the world!
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