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World Youth Day Pilgrims 2011

World Youth Day is a youth-oriented Roman Catholic Church event celebrated all over the world. While the event itself celebrates the Catholic faith, invitation to attend is non-denominational.

World Youth Day (or WYD, as it is commonly referred to) was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1986. It is celebrated on a diocesan level annually and at a week-long international level every two to three years in different, hosting cities. The international level events attract hundreds of thousands of youth from almost every country on the planet. Participants gather for activities over the span of the five-day festival, ultimately leading up the most anticipated event of all: a Sunday morning mass, celebrated by the Pope himself.

The youth of St. Thomas a’Becket have had the privilege of attending three international World Youth Day festivals.

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World Youth Day was established by Pope John Paul II in 1985.

World Youth Day pilgrims in Madrid, 2011
WYD Pilgrims in 2008
WYD Pilgrims in 2005
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