On the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2020, Pope Francis called for a renewal of the global celebration of young people in the local churches in every diocese and eparchy. It was then that he announced that, beginning in 2021, he would transfer the celebration of World Youth Day from Palm Sunday to Christ the King Sunday. As the Church prepares for these annual gatherings, the Holy Father has given a two-year guide to mark the journey, under the theme of hope, a virtue that the world is in need of and that shines forth particularly in young people. The theme emerged from Pope Francis' Christus Vivit and his call to infuse the Church's ministries with young people with a vocational perspective that compels us to put our faith into action. The particular theme for this year's 38th Annual World Youth Day on November 26, 2023 is “Rejoicing in hope” (cf. Rom 12:12).
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