World Youth Day  

World Youth Day was established 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 incredible celebration of faith. Previous locations have included Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Kraków and Panama. It's an experience like no other and can be truly life-changing.



The next international World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal 1st-6th August 2023. A Diocesan group from East Anglia will be heading to Portugal to join this incredible event! We will be going for around 2 weeks at the end of July/beginning of August 2023.

If you are going to be 16 or over by 25th July 2023 then why not join us for the trip of a lifetime?

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For more information about the events at WYD Lisbon head over to:


Pictures and blogs from previous international 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.


Annual Diocesan World Youth Day Celebration

In between the international gatherings, the Pope invites us to celebrate World Youth Day once a year in our Dioceses on the Feast of Christ the King in November. Check back here to find out more about what's happening for Christ the King in our Diocese nearer the time.

For information on national initiatives for the annual World Youth Day, including the World Youth Funday event for schools, then please visit