World Youth Day 2022-23
37th World Youth Day
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE XXXVII WORLD YOUTH DAY 2022-2023
“Mary arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39)
The theme of the Panama World Youth Day was, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). After that event, we resumed our journey towards a new destination – Lisbon 2023 – with hearts afire with God’s urgent summons to arise. In 2020, we meditated on Jesus’s words: “Young man, I say to you, arise!” (Lk 7:14). Last year too, we were inspired by the figure of the Apostle Paul, to whom the Risen Lord said: “Arise! I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen” (cf. Acts 26:16). Along the route we still need to travel before arriving in Lisbon, we will have at our side the Virgin of Nazareth who, immediately after the Annunciation, “arose and went with haste” (Lk 1:39). Common to these three themes is the word: “arise!” It is a word that also – let us remember – speaks to us of getting up from our slumber, waking up to the life all around us.
Pastoral Guidelines for the Celebration of World Youth Day in the Particular Churches
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36th World Youth Day
Below is Pope Francis’ Message for the 36th World Youth Day which will be held on 21 November 2021 (Solemnity of Christ the King) at the local level on the theme: “Stand up. I appoint you as a witness of what you have seen.” (cf. Acts 26:16)
The document is available in various languages on the Vatican website and on:
We ask you to make the Message known in the dioceses and eparchies, parishes and youth groups in your country (or in your movement, association or community) so that it can be part of the spiritual preparation of young people.
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