Frequently Asked Questions
What are the rules for using the WYD 2011 logo?
All ecclesial institutions can freely use the WYD logo for any initiative to promote WYD in all of its forms: preparatory activities, promotional assistance, communications campaigns, etc. Authorization of use of the logo is only required when one wishes to use the logos for commercial activities. If you would like to receive the logo in a high quality format, you can ask for it at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. With the graphic, you can also receive a manual on the use of the logo. It is important to follow those instructions, in order to maintain the image and corporative style of the event.
What is World Youth Day?
World Youth Day is an unbelievable weeklong spiritual journey where pilgrims from all over the world unite to share their faith. The week includes prayer, song, concerts, drama, sharing, liturgy, catechesis, and an unforgettable vigil and closing mass with the Holy Father. In 1984, the 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), and Australia (’08).
What is the theme of World Youth Day 2011?
"Planted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith " (St Paul)
Who is invited? When and where will it take place?
Young people ages 16-35 are all invited to attend World Youth Day 2011 which will be held in Madrid, Spain, August 16-21, 2011.
Can I go alone or must I be part of a group?
World Youth Day is a great event because of the large number of pilgrims from all over the world who attend. It is best experienced with parish, diocesan, or ecclesial movement groups so that you can celebrate together the many opportunities that are available. Individuals can certainly register alone, but you may want to check with your parish or diocese first to see if a group is being formed.
Where can I get more information?
There are two websites with the best information about WYD 2011: www.madridwyd2011.com is the official international website and is hosted by the Spanish office for WYD2011. Also, check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site with specific info for U.S. pilgrims at: www.wydusa.org
Pilgrimage or vacation?
World Youth Day is not a vacation—it’s much more important than that. It is a spiritual journey, a time to reconnect with Jesus, a time to share your faith, a time to renew your commitment to Christ. It literally can be a life-changing, exciting and awesome event!
“It’s hard to put into words how moving it is to worship with hundreds of thousands of other young Catholic people. Our church is very exciting and vibrant.”
“I was in awe of simply being in the presence of the Holy Father. I got the most incredible feeling of peace that I have ever had.”
“Sitting in the field in Rome at the prayer vigil Saturday night was the most intense spiritual moment I’ve ever had. As far as I could see in every direction were people holding candles united in prayer. It was absolutely incredible. I can’t put into words how much this trip meant to me. I highly recommend it!!!”