World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth of our world.
It is celebrated every two, three or four years as an international gathering in a city chosen by the Pope and it brings together millions of young people to celebrate their faith and their sense of belonging to the global Church.
It aims to provide all participants with a universal Church experience, fostering a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It is a new stimulus to the faith, hope and charity of the entire host country community. With young people as its protagonists, World Youth Day also seeks to promote peace, unity and fraternity among peoples and nations around the world.