The announcement was made this Sunday by the mayor of the Discourse for the Laity, Family and Life.
The next World Youth Days will be held in Lisbon in 2022.
The announcement was made a few moments ago by the Mayor of the Discrimination for the Laity, Family and Life, Kevin Farrell, who was speaking at the closing of the World Youth Days held in Panama.
“As the Holy Father said, we now have to get out of here and put into practice everything we have learned. And the next World Youth Day will take place in Portugal,” he told thousands of young pilgrims from around the world, including some hundreds of Portuguese, whose enthusiasm was immediate, applauding.
The Portuguese who attended the closing Mass in the Square of St. John Paul II could not restrain the joy when the head of the Diocese revealed the diocese chosen for the next event that brings together young Catholics with the Supreme Pontiff.
The audience heard shouts of “Portugal, Portugal, Portugal“.
This is not really a novelty since it was public knowledge that Portugal had applied to receive the religious event that is held every three years.
Now it is, however, official that the choice of Pope Francisco fell on Portuguese soil where he will return five years after visiting Fatima.
In his Twitter account, the Pope wrote: “To you, dear young people, thank you very much for # Panama2019. Continue to walk, continue to live the faith and share it.
The World Youth Days have been held since 1987 and the Pope has always been present at the event. Three years from now it will not be any different and the Portuguese will again have the opportunity to see the Pope himself. The choice of Portugal and, specifically, of Lisbon, was to be expected.
On several occasions, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa expressed the wish that the WYDs should have as a stage the Portuguese capital and was invited to be in Panama City by his Panamanian counterpart.