From 16th to 20th October 2022, the International Secretariat went to Fátima (Portugal) for the preparation of WYD 2023, at the invitation of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
With other organisations and organizers of these World Youth Days, we were able to attend the presentations of the organizers and learn more about the preparation of this great event.
The International Secretariat of the ICYCW plans to share this information with you. However, the IS will not organize departures for WYD itself. Young people who would like to participate can leave in a group with their diocese or as a volunteer, but the agreement of the bishop of the diocese will be necessary for participation in WYD. This is why registrations are made in parishes.
At our level, we intend to motivate and mobilize young people. We are also thinking about how to make the YCW visible once there, since several young people who belong to the YCW could participate. Our goal is that every young person in the YCW can be spotted.
Here’s some information:
For more precise information, you must first follow the social networks of the event. Some are in Portuguese but the content is rarely long and can be easily translated.
The first essential tool will be the website (translated into different languages): https://www.lisboa2023.org/en/.
It is also possible to follow social networks:
Facebook: Jornada Mundial da Juventude
Some information is also available on YouTube.
REGISTRATIONS are already open.
It can be accessed via the “participate” tab on the main site, which leads to a translated page as well.
There are different ways to register. You should know that when you register a group, the whole group must take the same formula. It is therefore necessary to create as many groups as necessary for everyone to find their account. We know that some dioceses will choose to offer only one or two distinct formulas, for organizational reasons.
PRICES are about the same as for Panama, not including the price of the trip. For on-site transport, the organization group is thinking about a mobility plan so that the journeys go well, but all the questions have not yet been answered.
Obviously, the prices will differ according to the formula chosen (participation during the week, participation during the weekend, …)
Discounts are provided depending on the registration dates. Until December 31, less 10%. From January 1 to March 15, less 5%.
Il va y avoir un grand besoin de BENEVOLES, qui peuvent poser leur candidature en ligne. Des jeunes qui parlent préférablement plusieurs langages, qui sont prêt à donner la grande majorité de leur temps pour le volontariat pendant cette semaine de JMJ. Le Secrétariat International est d’ores et déjà en contact avec les responsables du volontariat, pour faciliter les candidatures. Nous serons le point pivot pour la transmission de celles-ci.
Lors de la semaine de préparation, nous avons visité quelques sites clés de la ville où se dérouleront les évènements.
Le check-in à l’arrivée, les lieux de rassemblement, la prise des repas, l’accueil des personnes en situation de handicap, la participation de jeunes artistes, la catéchèse, les possibles pèlerinages, les moyens d’accès aux informations essentielles, les questions de santé et de sécurité, … sont réfléchis par des commissions de préparation. Beaucoup de choses sont encore en réflexion et en développement.
There is going to be a great need for VOLUNTEERS, who can apply online. Young people who preferably speak several languages, who are ready to give the vast majority of their time to volunteering during this WYD week. The International Secretariat is already in contact with those responsible for volunteering, to facilitate applications. We will be the pivot point for the transmission of these.
During the preparation week we visited some key sites in the city where the events will take place. Check-in on arrival, meeting places, meals, reception of people with disabilities, participation of young artists, catechesis, possible pilgrimages, means of access to essential information, health and safety issues, etc. are considered by preparation committees. Many things are still in reflection and development.
We are at your disposal if you have any questions as a National Movement. And even more quickly, we invite you to get closer to your dioceses and identify the people in charge of the WYD coordination.
Good preparation to all the volunteers !