World Youth Day 1993

President Bill Clinton with Pope John Paul II on 12 August 1993 in Denver.

The 1993 World Youth Day was held in 10–15 August 1993 in Denver, Colorado. It was the first World Youth Day held in either North America or an English-speaking nation.

The World Youth Day is an event for young people organized by the Roman Catholic Church. It is celebrated every two to three years at different locations.


There were about 500,000 attendees with a final Mass held at Cherry Creek State Park. The motto was I came that they might have life, and have it to the full (Jn 10:10).

The event was criticized on the Catholic Television station EWTN. In a 1993 episode of Mother Angelica Live, Mother Angelica harshly criticized a mimed re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross at the World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, which was attended by Pope John Paul II. Mother Angelica was particularly upset that a woman was playing Jesus.[1] Archbishop Rembert Weakland of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee called Mother Angelica's comments " of the most disgraceful, un-Christian, offensive, and divisive diatribes I have ever heard".[2] Mother Angelica responded by saying, "He didn't think a woman playing Jesus was offensive? He can go put his head in the back toilet as far as I am concerned!"[3]


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