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Effects of World Youth Days


Effects of World Youth Days: Click Image to download PDF.

Since around 2000 and especially since the World Youth Day (WYD) in Sydney in 2008, the Church in Australia has put a lot of energy into promoting the attendance of young people at the WYDs held internationally every three years. Australia has also now begun its own cycle of national events (the Australian Catholic Youth Festivals or ACYFs), also slated to occur every three years and modelled substantially on WYD. A question that is commonly raised by priests, educators, youth ministers and people is: is it all worth it – and what is the evidence? I encourage you to download and read my new paper here.