World Youth Day 2019
The 34th World Youth Day will take place in Panama City, Panama, January 22–27, 2019. The event will be hosted during the winter to avoid the country’s rainy season, which occurs in July and August, the traditional dates for WYD.
For more information on the preparations for World Youth Day 2019, visit the
United States Bishops’ WYD web page.
World Youth Day Themes
Pope Francis has chosen the following themes for the next three World Youth Days:
- 32nd World Youth Day (2017, a local celebration): “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Lk 1:49)
- 33rd World Youth Day (2018, a local celebration): “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30)
- 34th World Youth Day (2019 in Panama City): “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:30).
The three themes announced above give a clear Marian tone to the spiritual journey to Panama. At the same time they give a picture of young people on a journey between the past (2017), present (2018) and future (2019), inspired by the three theological virtues of faith, charity and hope. This path that is being proposed to young people can also be seen to be in harmony with the reflection that Pope Francis has entrusted to the next Synod of Bishops: “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment.”