Papal Visits to Canada

Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Visit 2002

World Youth Day – Toronto

The attendance of Pope Saint John Paul II for World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto was the third apostolic visit of a Pope to Canada. A flock of more than 800,000 people gathered at Downsview Park for the closing Papal Mass on 29 July 2002. For that year’s World Youth Day, Pope Saint John Paul II selected as its theme the verse from Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world.” The Pope spent six days in and around Toronto, meeting with young people from the four corners of the globe. The event received extensive media coverage from around the world, allowing millions of people to follow the main celebrations in many languages.

Pope Saint John Paul II initiated the first international Catholic youth festival, now known as World Youth Day, at the close of the Holy Year of Redemption in 1984, when over 300,000 young people from around the globe responded to his invitation to attend a celebration on Palm Sunday in Saint Peter’s Square.

Addresses, Speeches, Homilies

WYD Toronto, 2002

Photo Gallery

WYD Toronto, 2002