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 World Youth Day

World Youth Day 2016 will take place in Krakow, Poland, where youth pilgrims from all parts of the world will join together in a weeklong spiritual journey to share their faith. The week includes prayer, song, concerts, drama, sharing, liturgy, catechesis and an unforgettable vigil and closing Mass with our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

In 1984, Pope John Paul II invited young people from all over the world to participate in a pilgrimage at the very first World Youth Day. Since then, it has been held in Argentina ('87), Spain ('89), Poland ('91), U.S. ('93), Philippines ('95), France ('97), Italy ('00), Canada ('02), Germany ('05), Australia ('08)  Spain ('11) and Brazil ('13).

WYD is an invitation from the pope to the youth of the world, ages 18-34, to celebrate their faith around a particular theme.​

 Diocesan Package

​​The Diocese of Greensburg package, sponsored by the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation, includes roundtrip airfare from Pittsburgh International Airport to Krakow, Poland, as well as all airport taxes and fees, ground transportation in Poland, air conditioned accommodations, meals, WYD registration fee and all other taxes and fuel surcharges.

The total package for WYD 2016 is $3,499. A $500 non-refundable deposit is accepted immediately upon registration. Checks should be made payable to the "Diocese of Greensburg." Please note that prices are subject to change due to oil prices and exchange rates. All current pricing reflects our best estimate as of December 2014.

Pilgrims will be traveling with Proximo Travel who will host pilgrims from across the country. All those attending with the Diocese of Greensburg must be over the age of 18 and out of high school. All pilgrims must be in full compliance with the Diocesan Safe Environments Policy and must adhere to the WYD Code of Conduct.

For more information regarding WYD 2016, please contact Christie Smith, diocesan director of youth and young adult ministry, at 724-837-0901. 

How to Register
Download the official brochure to register for WYD 2016. For more information regarding registration, please contact the travel agent, Proximo's.

 Official Prayer

​God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman”.
We entrust to you in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation:
guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today
and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits
from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.
Heavenly Father,
grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt,
hope to those who are discouraged,
love to those who feel indifferent,
forgiveness to those who have done wrong
and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love
that you have enkindled within us
become a fire that can transform hearts
and renew the face of the earth.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.​

 Logo Concept

On July 3, 2014 in 

According to the Catholic News ​Agency article, archbishop of Krakow and former secretary of Pope John Paul II, Dziwisz, explained that the event’s logo has three specific elements which represent: the place, the main protagonists, and the theme of the celebration.

Dziwisz went on to explain that the outline of the logo is the outline of the country Poland, and a yellow cross represents Jesus for World Youth Day. The yellow dot represents the geographical location of Krakow and also is the symbol of youth.  

According to the article, "the red and blue flames are the flames of divine mercy that emerge from the cross, which represent with their colors the phrase 'Jesus, I trust in you' that accompanies the image of divine mercy revealed to Saint Maria Faustina."The colors of yellow, red and blue also represent the official colors o​f Krakow and its coat of arms.

The logo was designed by Monika Rybczynska, 28, from Ostrzeszow, Poland and was created following the canonization of St. Pope John Paul II.