31° - 2016 - Kraków, Poland - Pope Francis

SLOGAN: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt. 5,7) The spark of Mercy and the slogan "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" were the main echoes of the XXXI World Youth Day held in Kraków, Poland. Pope Francis affirmed that the Beatitudes are the core of Jesus Christ’s teaching. God’s calling, active help, and love thy neighbor were the main messages of the day.

28° - 2013 - RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - POPE FRANCIS

SLOGAN: The joy of the Gospel and the slogan "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28,19) perfectly summarized the 2013 WYD in Rio de Janeiro as it was the first overseas trip of the new pontiff. Francis asked the youth to get rid of unnecessary fears, because it is Christ Himself who walks before them and who guides them to their goals.

26° - 2011 - MADRID, SPAIN - POPE BENEDICT XVI

SLOGAN: “Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith” (cf. Col 2,7) The consolidation of faith in the Old Continent was the intention of WYD in Madrid, which was held from August 16 to 21, 2011. This was the last WYD with Pope Benedict XVI.

22° - 2008 - SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA - POPE BENEDICT XVI

SLOGAN: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1,8) During the charismatic meeting in Sydney in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI called the youth "prophets of a new era". The slogan of the Australian WYD "You will receive the power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses" led the way of the encounters for the new evangelization.

20° - 2005 - COLONIA, ALEMANIA, BENEDICTO XVI

SLOGAN: “We have come to worship him” (Mt 2:2) Planned for 2005, the encounter in Cologne became the first pilgrimage of Benedict XVI to his homeland. These famous words were heard again: Do not be afraid!

17º - 2002 - TORONTO, CANADA – POPE JOHN PAUL II

SLOGAN: “You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world" (Mt 5:13-14) WYD in Toronto, held from 23 to 28 July 2002, was the last meeting of the youth with Saint John Paul II. The final words of the Pope’s speech will always resound in our memories: "Dear friends: to your youthful yearning to be happy, the old Pope answers with a word that is not his. It's a word that resonated two thousand years ago. We just heard it this afternoon: Blessed ... The keyword of Jesus' teaching is an announcement of joy: Blessed ... "

15º - 2000 - ROME, ITALY – POPE JOHN PAUL II

SLOGAN: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1,14) Between August 15-20 of the jubilee year, the Pope invited the young people to Rome for the second time. An enthusiastic crowd of pilgrims filled the Eternal City to pray and bear witness to the faith.

12º - 1997 - PARIS, FRANCE – POPE JOHN PAUL II

SLOGAN: “Teacher, where are you staying? Come and you will see” (Jn 1: 38-39) A great surprise in the history of WYD happened in Paris, the fashion and arts capital of the world. A maximum of 250,000 of Christians were expected to participate in the event, which was held from August 19 to 24. Attendance turned out to be four times greater than expected. The city was surrounded by a long chain of youth holding hands during the prayer vigil.

10º - 1995 - MANILA, PHILIPPINES – POPE JOHN PAUL II

SLOGAN: “As the Father sent me, so am I sending you” (Jn 20, 21) In 1995, the Asian metropolis brought together young people under the slogan "As the Father sent me, so am I sending you" (Jn 20, 21). The encounter in the Philippines also holds the record for the largest number of WYD participants.

8º - 1993 - DENVER, U.S.A.- POPE JOHN PAUL

SLOGAN: “I came so that they may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn: 10,10) The first WYD in the United States and the second the Americas was held in Denver (August 10-15). The encounter was memorable mainly because of the sincere dialogue between the youth and Saint John Paul II.

6º - 1991 - CZESTOCHOWA, POLAND - POPE JOHN PAUL II

SLOGAN: “You have received a Spirit of Sonship” (Rm: 8,15) Following the political changes in Central and Eastern Europe and the fall of the communist regime, Pope John Paul II invited the youth to Jasna Góra. The encounter (held from August 10-15) was not only a celebration for the youth, but also a special period of joy and gratitude for the reestablishment of freedom. About 1.5 million believers attended Częstochowa, including youth from the eastern border, and the hymn "ABBA Ojcze" became the symbol of all the pilgrimages of the Pope to his homeland.

4º - 1989 - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN – POPE JOHN PAUL II

SLOGAN: “I am the Way, the Truth, the Life” (Jn 14:6) The next meeting took place from August 15 to 20, 1989 in Europe, despite a difficult situation related to changes in the form of government in the Old Continent.

2º - 1987 - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – POPE JOHN PAUL II

SLOGAN: “We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards us” (1Jn 4:16) The pilgrimage around the world began in the "continent of hope" - as Saint John Paul II called South America. The youth left between April 11 and 12, 1987 for Buenos Aires.

1º - 1986 - ROME, ITALY – POPE JOHN PAUL II

SLOGAN: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1P 3,15, Message of congratulations of Saint John Paul II for the International Year of Youth) The name "World Youth Day" was used for this encounter.

1985 - ROME, ITALY – POPE JOHN PAUL II

The WYD prayer vigil was established with Saint John Paul II in Rome, bringing together not only young Christians, but all parishioners, and it became a cycle of days of prayer led by the Pope.