World Youth Day 1995

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X World Youth Day 1995
X World Youth Day 1995

As the Father sent me, so am I sending you (Jn 20:21)

Location Manila, Philippines
Date January 10–15, 1995

World Youth Day 1995 was a Catholic youth festival that took place from January 10–15, 1995 in Manila, Philippines. It was the first time for an Asian country to host the event. Pope John Paul II presided over the event, marking his second trip to the country as Pope, the first being in 1981.

A week before the celebration of the World Youth Day proper, two representatives from each of countries all over the world gathered for an INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FORUM (IYF) at University of Sto. Tomas (UST). The Philippines sent eight representatives, two from the Visayas, Raymund Belleza and MA. GINA LINGA (ABIOG), while others were from the different Catholic religious youth organizations and campuses. These were the selected youth leaders and coordinators. during their five-day stay in UST, representatives were grouped and discussed issues and concerns laid out by the Episcopal Commission on Youth, on topics set months before.

The INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FORUM (IYF) was also a venue wherein few from these selected youth representative had able to have a short talk with the Pope. There was also a celebration of the Holy Eucharist; some youths received communion from the Pope.

Youth pilgrims gathered from different parts of the world to worship and talk together. Different activities were held, including a "Barrio Fiesta". Masses were celebrated every day in almost every Roman Catholic Parish in the Philippines.

The closing Mass, held at Luneta Park, was estimated to have been attended by more than 5 million people, the largest Papal gathering in Roman Catholic history.[1] The official theme song of this event was "Tell the World of His Love," composed by Filipina songwriter Trina Belamide and interpreted and performed by Carelle Mangaliag and Jeff Arcilla.[2]

This was Pope John Paul II's last visit to the Philippines. He was to visit again for the World Meeting of Families in January 2003, but his health did not allow it.

Ramzi Yousef attempted to assassinate the Pope in the Bojinka Plot but the plan was discovered four days earlier and Yousef fled to Pakistan.

Country delegations[edit]

Pilgrims at World Youth Day 1995 represented the following countries:[3]

Africa[edit]

The Americas[edit]

Asia[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Europe[edit]

Oceania[edit]

International broadcasters[edit]

These are some of the radio and television networks outside the Philippines (telecasted on GMA Network at the time) that showed the events of the World Youth Day 1995 live (or recorded earlier) in their respective countries and territories:

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 14°34′56″N 120°58′40″E / 14.58222°N 120.97778°E / 14.58222; 120.97778