World Youth Day Fast Facts

Pope Francis arrives on the popemobile at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana beachfront on July 25, 2013 for his welcome to World Youth Day ceremonies. On the fourth day of his visit to Brazil and borne along by adoring crowds, Pope Francis waded into the country's ramshackle slums and onto the front line of its fierce national battle over poverty and corruption, before going to the much wealthier district of Copacabana for his welcome by the youth.

(CNN)Here's some background information about World Youth Day, a day when Catholic youth and young adults between ages 16-35 gather to celebrate their faith.

July 22-27, 2019 - World Youth Day is scheduled to be held in Panama City, Panama.
World Youth Day
was created by Pope John Paul II after large turnouts at the 1984 Jubilee of Young People and the 1985 gathering for the International Year of Youth in Rome.
It is celebrated every two to three years with a large international gathering, and on off years, there is a smaller celebration in Rome.
Attendees spend time visiting the host country, performing community service, visiting dioceses, and participating in festival events.
Papal Mass is held on the closing Sunday of the event.
The official song of World Youth Day is "Light of the World."
The light of the world

The salt of the earth,
We scatter the darkness
When love becomes our way.
The light of the world

Christ is our light.
We shine with his brightness,
The reflection of his light
From day to day!
Past World Youth Festivals:
July 25-31, 2016

Krakow, Poland
2.5 to 3 million attend the final Mass.
July 23-28, 2013
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
3 million attend the final Mass.
August 16-21, 2011
Madrid, Spain
1,400,000-2,000,000 attendees
Spain is the first country besides Italy to host WYD for a second time.
July 15-20, 2008
Sydney, Australia. Pope Benedict XVI makes his first trip to Australia to deliver the final Mass at the gathering.
500,000 attend
August 16-21, 2005
Cologne, Germany
400,000 attend
July 23-28, 2002
Toronto, Canada
800,000 attended mass presided by the Pope.
August 15-20, 2000
Rome, Italy
Over 2 million attendees
Dubbed the "Catholic Woodstock"
Featured concerts and prayer services.
300 portable confessionals were set up around the Colosseum and Circus Maximus arena.
2000 priests were on hand to hear confessions in over 30 languages.
August 21-24, 1997
Paris, France
Over 500,000 attendees
Over 1 million attended mass at Longchamps Race Track.
Pope at mass: "there is more to life than films and pop music."
January 14-16, 1995
Manila, Philippines
450,000 attendees
Up to 5 million attended mass.
Pope had to use a helicopter to get to the stage.
1993 - Denver, Colorado
1991 - Czestochowa, Poland
1989 - Santiago de Compostela, Spain
1987 - Buenos Aries, Argentina
1986 - Rome, Italy