World Youth Day 1995

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X World Youth Day 1995
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Date January 10–15, 1995
Location Manila, Philippines
Type Youth festival
Theme As the Father sent me, so am I sending you (Jn 20:21)

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 The International Youth Forum (IYF) at the University of Santo Tomas. The Philippines sent eight representatives, 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 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 Mass where some youths directly 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 traditional Barrio Fiesta, while Masses were celebrated every day in most parishes throughout the Philippines.

The closing Mass, held at Luneta Park, was estimated to have been attended by more than 5 million people, the 2nd largest Papal gathering (Next to Papal Visit 2015) in Roman Catholic history.[1]

This was Pope John Paul II's last visit to the Philippines, as his scheduled return for the World Meeting of Families in January 2003 fell through due to his health.

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:[2]


The Americas[edit]




Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Millions flock to papal Mass in Manila Gathering is called the largest the pope has seen at a service. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  2. ^ The Roman Catholic Church considers five inhabited continents when listing countries.

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