In this series of articles we will explore the history of WYD step by step.
So, we start with John Paul II and Rome, where the idea was born.
1984 Rome. St Peter’s Square
Palm Sunday -15 April 1984
International youth meeting on the occasion of the Holy Year of the Redemption.
The Pope presents and entrusts young people with the Cross
/22 April 1984/
1985 Rome. St Peter’s Square
Palm Sunday – 31 March 1985
International youth meeting on the occasion of International Youth Year.
The Holy Father addresses an Apostolic Letter to the youth of the world (31 March 1985)
He announces the institution of World Youth Day (20 December 1985)
1st World Youth Day:
„Always be prepared to make a defence to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1Pt 3, 15)