World Youth Day 2023- Portugal
The selection of Portugal for the site of the next World Youth Day was a welcome choice for the worldwide event that would gather catholic youth from around the world in the summer of 2022. However, with the moving of other international events, it was decided that World Youth Day should be moved back, as well. So, it was announced by the Vatican earlier this year, to move the event to 2023. Since the event centers of youth, this extra year of planning and preparations should yield great returns for the church. The draw of Portugal should be great, with optional visits to sites throughout the country and, possibly, into Spain. It is unclear, at this time, if Fatima will be included as an official WYD23 site, but we will work with every group leader traveling with Faith Journeys to incorporate it and any other sites they wish to visit while attending World Youth Day – Portugal!
This trip to the Holy Land and Jordan was a once in a lifetime event. It was very emotional and spiritually moving to be in the land where our Lord lived, died and rose for the sins of each person in the world. In Jordan, we actually followed part of the exodus of Moses. Since returning, every time I hear or read the Scriptures my mind is filled with actual images of real places. I simply cannot look at the Bible in the same way ever again. It was the trip of a lifetime that we will never forget and will be able to look back on for the rest of our lives. It was well worth the cost which my people thought was very reasonable and affordable.