World Youth Day News (Brentwood Diocese)

“A society, a family, a group of friends without tension or conflict would be a cemetery. Where there is life, there is tension and there is conflict. But it is a sign of hope to see young people like you who believe that Jesus is in the Eucharist, that they believe that love is stronger than hate, that peace is stronger than war, that respect is stronger than conflict, that harmony is stronger than tension… This is hope. This gives me joy”” (Pope Francis) To the Eucharistic Youth Movement (MEJ) (August 7, 2015) | Pope Francis ( – paragraphs 1 and 6

World Youth Day 2023 – Porto and Lisbon

World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.  

It is celebrated at the diocesan level on Palm Sunday, and every two, three or four years as an international gathering in a city chosen by the Pope, with the presence of the Holy Father. It brings together millions of young people to celebrate their faith and sense of belonging to the Church.   

Since its first edition in Rome in 1986, World Youth Day has proven to be a laboratory of faith, a place of birth for vocations to marriage and consecrated life, and an instrument for the evangelization and transformation of the Church.  

It aims to provide all participants with a universal Church experience, fostering a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. It is a new stimulus to the faith, hope and charity of the entire host country community. With young people as its protagonists, World Youth Day also seeks to promote peace, unity and fraternity among peoples and nations around the world. 


Each year a number of our families see their teenage members puzzling about where to find a good university course, to match up with their plans and expectations. It is even possible that some might choose to combine study of theology with other study topics, and travel to universities in this country where Christian awareness thrives as an international academic subject.

St. Mary’s University in Twickenham hosts a Sixth Form theology conference every year for anyone “studying or interested in theology-related subjects” (see