World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelisation for the youth world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are. This year, WYD will take place on 1-6 August in Lisbon, Portugal.

WYD23: Lisbon Diary

Luegi Lopes, our Digital Media Officer, is in Lisbon experiencing her first World Youth Day. This is her diary.

WYD23 - Schedule

Official programme for World Youth Day in Lisbon 1-6 August 2023.

WYD23 - Live Stream

You can watch the main events of World Youth Day 2023 on the official live stream.

Follow our WYD Pilgrims

Not in Lisbon but want to follow our World Youth Day pilgrims in Portugal? Here are all the diocesan social media accounts. Some are the local youth ministry accounts.

Watch: WYD23 Day Five Highlights

Pope Francis portrays the Blessed Virgin Mary as a "missionary of joy" in his address to young people gathered in Lisbon for the World Youth Day Vigil celebration, and invites Christians to train our hearts to love God and our neighbor.

Watch: WYD23 Day Four Highlights

An estimated 800,000 pilgrims were in the park for the very poignant and moving Way of the Cross with Pope Francis.

Watch: WYD23 Day Three Highlights

As day three of World Youth Day wraps up, joy and happiness overflow in Lisbon, especially for the final event of the day, during which WYD pilgrims finally met with Pope Francis for their first full meeting.

Watch: WYD23 Day Two Highlights

Day Two of World Youth Day draws to a close as the arrival of Pope Francis brings a new and renewed energy to the streets of Lisbon.

Watch: WYD23 Day One Highlights

The opening Mass, held in Lisbon's Edward VII Park on Tuesday, August 1st, brought together pilgrims from all corners of the world.

Catechesis with Bishop Alan Williams

In a morning catechesis held in Fatima, Lisbon, Bishop Alan Williams emphasised the importance of pilgrimage, penance and procession for World Youth Day.


"Mary arose and went with haste" (Lk 1:39) is the theme for World Youth Day 2023.

Papal Itinerary for WYD23

Official Schedule for the Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Portugal on the occasion of the World Youth Day Lisbon 2023

Pre-World Youth Day Papal Message

Pope Francis' official message ahead of the XXXVII World Youth Day 2023.