Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Panama, January 2019 - © Vatican Media

Pope Postpones World Meeting of Families, World Youth Day

Delays a Result of Coronavirus Pandemic

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The Vatican announced on April 20, 2020, that two major international ecclesial events will be postponed.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, the Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that Pope Francis, together with the Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, has decided to postpone the World Meeting of Families and World Youth Day.

The World Meeting of Families,  scheduled to take place in Rome in June 2021, has been rescheduled for June 2022.

Likewise, the next World Youth Day, set to take place in Lisbon in 2022, will now be held one year later, in August of 2023.

The decision was made, according to the press release, on account of the current health situation and its consequences for the movement and gathering of young people and their families.

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