World Youth Day  

World Youth Day was started in 1986 by Pope St John Paul II. Every three years or so, the Pope hosts an international gathering of youth in a different world city - hundreds of thousands (often millions) of young people turn up from all corners of the globe to join in this celebration of faith. Previous locations have included Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Kraków and Panama. In between these gatherings, the Pope invites us to gather once a year in our Dioceses for a local celebration around the Feast of Christ the King in November.


The World Youth Day East Anglia celebration this year will be held at St. John's Cathedral, Norwich on Saturday 20th November 2021 and we expect to be joined in person by young people from around the Diocese. More details to follow here very soon!


The next international World Youth Day pilgrimage will be to Lisbon, 1st-6th August 2023. A group will travel from our Diocese and more information will be announced in early 2022. Keep an eye on our website, and in parishes, to find out more when the time comes!


For more information about WYD Lisbon head over to:


Pictures and blogs from previous World Youth Days, including Kraków 2016 and Panama 2019, can be viewed below, as well as on our 'News & Blog' page.


World Youth Day - East Anglia Pilgrims July 2016
Photo gallery of the East Anglia group at World Youth Day 2016, which was held in Poland.