At the end of the Concluding Mass for WYD Panama 2019 with Pope Francis, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, announced that the next World Youth Day will be hosted by the European city of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
The World Youth Day will take place from August 01-06, 2023
The World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 theme song, entitled Há Pressa no Ar, is inspired on the WYD Lisbon 2023 theme «Mary rose up and went with haste (Lc1,39)». It’s about the ‘YES’ of Mary and about her rush to meet her cousin Elizabeth, just like the Bible verse says.
When singing this theme song, the young people from all over the world are invited to identify themselves with Mary, disposing themselves to serve, to the mission and to the transformation of the world. The lyrics also evokes the party of the WYD and the joy that comes from Jesus.
Lisbon is an amazing city that unveils itself gradually, in every neighbourhood, on every street. It is both friendly and safe, while also ancient and modern.
The historical and cultural offer is endless. Beginning with the Cathedral, then moving on to the historic Alfama neighbourhood and to the Castle, fabulous views over the city and the Tagus River can be enjoyed. Strolling through the downtown area of Baixa, walking along the riverside towards Alges, we are able to see Belem Tower and the Monastery of Jeronimos, both World Heritage Sites.
The people, heritage and culture make Lisbon an unforgettable city!