Pope Benedict XVI has announced the themes for the next three World Youth Days in order to help young Catholics better prepare for the next international gathering in Madrid in 2011.
WYD 2011 will take place from August 16 to 21, 2011, in Madrid, Spain, Catholic News Service reports.
The theme for the 2011 event is "Rooted and built up in Jesus Christ, firm in the faith". The quotation is taken from the second chapter of St Paul's Letter to the Colossians.
"We have set our hope on the living God" is the theme chosen by Pope Benedict for the 2009 celebrations, which will be held on the diocesan level.
In 2010, also on the diocesan level, young people will focus on the theme "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
The pope chose all three themes ahead of time "to help build a spiritual itinerary that will lead to the international WYD scheduled to take place in Madrid" in 2011, said the Vatican press release.
- 24th World Youth Day (2009): "We Have Set Our Hope on the Living God" (1 Tim 4:10)
- 25th World Youth Day (2010): "Good Teacher, What Must I do to Inherit Eternal Life?" (Mk 10:17)
- 26th World Youth Day (2011): "Rooted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith" (cf Col 2:7).
Pope chooses themes for next three World Youth Day celebrations (Catholic News Service, 16/12/08)
Themes of the next three World Youth Days (VIS, 16/12/08)
World Youth Day 2008
World Youth Day 2011 (Wikipedia)