The “Days in the Dioceses”, namely the gathering of young people from all
over the world that precedes WYD Lisbon 2023, will be held from 26 to 31 July
2023 in 17 dioceses across mainland Portugal and the islands: Algarve; Angra;
Aveiro; Beja; Braga; Braganca-Miranda; Coimbra; Evora; Funchal; Guarda; Lamego;
Leiria-Fatima; Portalegre-Castelo Branco; Porto; Viana do Castelo; Vila Real;
The Lisbon, Santarem and Setubal Dioceses have a
different role; they are host Dioceses and will receive the young people
attending WYD during that week.
What are the “Days in the Dioceses”?
“Days in the Dioceses” is a gathering that precedes the week of WYD Lisbon 2023 and consists of integrating young people from around the world into the parish communities of the country’s various dioceses. The “Days in the Dioceses” are a kind of preparation journey for the pilgrims and host community to experience the days around WYD.
On these days, the participants can become better acquainted with the host region, as well as the local Church and its features. As is also the case in WYD week, they will stay in family homes or parish or public facilities, in order to have a true experience of the Church, evangelization and mission.
For the week of the “Days in the Dioceses”, a programme anchored on five pillars is being prepared: reception, discovery, mission, culture and sending forth.
For those who visit us
For the visiting pilgrims, the “Days in the Dioceses” are an invitation to experience the richness of the Church in the host country, as well as to promote the encounter and exchange of an array of cultural and religious wealth.
For those who host
For the hosts, it is an opportunity to say YES to the mission of hosting a World Youth Day and to showcase the cultural, gastronomic and religious riches to the young people arriving from all over the world.
Fee for participation
For logistical and
security reasons, and also to help cover the organizational costs of the
host dioceses, foreign groups interested in registering for the Days in
the Dioceses are invited to pay a participation fee of 70 Euros per
pilgrim. This contribution does not include personal accident insurance
for Days in the Dioceses. Contributions for the Days in the Dioceses
should be made to the respective host diocese.
Diocese of Algarve was suffragan to Mérida, S. Tiago de Compostela,
Braga, Seville, Lisbon and has been suffragan to Évora since
September 29, 1540. Its territorial reach matches that of the old
Kingdom of the Algarve and, currently the district of Faro. It covers
a total area of 5,071 km2 and has a population of 400,000, which
increases considerably during the tourist high season.
Diocese is a strip of land in the Portuguese far south, covering a
total area of 5071,60 km2, corresponding to 5.7% of the total area of
the country. It stretches 100 miles long and varies from 18 to 25
miles wide. It is bordered to the west and the south by the Atlantic
Ocean, to the east by the Guadiana River, which also borders Spain,
and to the north by the Diocese of Beja.
is comprised of three regions – Serra, Barrocal and Litoral –
that vary in population, landscape and resources, even in culture and
climate is temperate and benefits from the Mediterranean influence,
allowing for the growth of species that are familiar with that
climate. There is also a unique influx of visitors who are attracted
by the vast number of beaches along the coastline.
Diocese is divided into four vicariates – Tavira, Faro, Loulé and
Diocese of Angra, covering 2,243 km2 across the nine islands that
comprise the Azores, was established by Pope Paul III on November 5,
1534. Its seat is in Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira Island.
November 9, 1862, 328 years after the Diocese had been established,
the Episcopal Seminary of Angra was created. On October 12, 1966, the
Holy Christ Minor Seminary was founded in Ponta Delgada, although it
is no longer in operation.
May 11, 1991, Pope John Paul II visited the Azores and religious
festivities were held in Ponta Delgada (São Miguel) and Angra do
its establishment, the Diocese of Angra has had 38 bishops, and only
two of those were born in the Azores.
Diocese has been divided into 16 deaneries, eight of which are in São
Miguel, totalling 165 parishes and 25 curacies. There are also five
diocesan sanctuaries – Holy Christ of Miracles (Ponta Delgada), Our
Lady of the Conception (Angra do Heroísmo), Holy Christ of Caldeira
(São Jorge), Lord Jesus of Pico (Pico) and Our Lady of Miracles of
Serreta (Angra do Heroísmo).
Diocese’s duties are shared by 142 priests, six permanent deacons
and 15 religious communities, two of these being of contemplative
is a privileged location close to the sea. It has a river and
mountains, allowing for an interesting combination of gastronomic,
cultural and social traditions. It covers a total area of 1,693 km2
and has a population of 370,000. It is easily accessible (motorways
A1, A17 and A2, and the national railway network) and is an important
diocese is comprised of 10 deaneries: Águeda, Albergaria-a-Velha,
Anadia, Aveiro, Estarreja, Ílhavo, Murtosa, Oliveira do Bairro,
Sever do Vouga and Vagos.
António Manuel Moiteiro Ramos has been the Bishop of Aveiro since
July 4, 2014.
patroness of the city is Blessed Joana of Portugal.
Diocese of Beja was founded in the 5th century AD and is the second
largest diocese in Portugal. It covers the whole district of Beja and
the three southernmost municipalities in the district of Setúbal –
Grândola, Santiago do Cacém and Sines.
diocese has 121 parishes, grouped into six deaneries: Almodôvar,
Beja, Cuba, Moura, Odemira and Santiago do Cacém. The patron of the
diocese is Saint Joseph the Worker and his day is celebrated on May
1. The Bishop is D. José João dos Santos Marcos.
Alentejan religious matrix is deeply characterized by its devotion to
Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother!
is the oldest diocese in the country and a reference to this day,
both for its history and wealth of pastoral growth over the centuries
and for its capacity for innovation in the face of today’s
challenges. The Archdiocese is comprised of 551 parishes, and its 14
deaneries serve a population of 800,000.
is recognized for its traditions of worship and popular piety. Every
year, thousands of tourists visit the city and hundreds of immigrants
come to live here.
the youth level, the ministry plan is being developed with an
increasing focus on today’s youth: those who play an active role in
their parochial communities, those who are not involved in the life
of the Church and those who, by force of circumstances, are obliged
to live far from their family and parish.
current territory of the Diocese of Bragança-Miranda was assigned to
the Archdiocese of Braga until 1545. The Holy See bestowed the name
Diocese of Bragança-Miranda on May 27, 1996.
May 22, 1545, Pope Paul III created the Diocese of Miranda do Douro.
On March 5, 1770, Pope Clement XIV divided the diocese into two:
Miranda and Bragança. On September 27, 1780, Pope Pius VI merged the
two dioceses and appointed Bragança as its seat. The vicarage of
Moncorvo was only integrated into the diocese on September 30, 1881.
current boundaries of the diocese date back to April 22, 1922, when
it concurred with the borders of the district of Bragança. Saint
Benedict is the patron of the diocese. The Cathedral of Bragança was
inaugurated on October 7, 2001.
diocese covers 6,599 km2 in area and is the fourth-largest diocese in
the country. It is comprised of four deaneries and 18 pastoral units.
Diocese of Coimbra is crossed from the mountain to the coast by the
Mondego River, an inspiration to both poets and kings. The first
historical mentions of the Diocese of Coimbra date to 561, when the
Roman city Aeminium stood in the place of what is today Coimbra. The
Diocese has 265 parishes and is known for being home to the first
king of Portugal, as well as for its university, which stands among
the oldest existing universities in the world.
Virgílio Antunes has been Bishop of Coimbra since 2011. He has
brought even more vigour to the Youth and Higher Education
Ministries. Today, he is one of our greatest allies on this path
towards WYD Lisbon 2023!
diocese, brimming with countless groups of young people and diocesan
initiatives, attended all the WYD editions, spreading the joy of the
Gospel and the faithful testimony of commitment to transform the
Archdiocese of Evora is made of people, reflecting a sound encounter
amidst the uncertainty of a region characterized by distance but
where everything remains close.
The Alentejo is wide and broad,
reaching today to the Lezíria, stretching out in a territory of calm
and white, punished by the sun and ripe with light. Its inhabitants,
its young people, continue to be the identity of the land and
continue to make their way through work, culture, and faith.
its vast expansion of territory, extending to around 13,547 km2,
today the Diocese of Evora serves an estimated population of 278,000
inhabitants, residing in over 20 municipalities and consisting of
over 150 parishes.
The Archdiocese of Evora emerged in the year
303 and even then, in terms of territorial coverage, it already
integrated a vast area. Over time, with the creation of new dioceses
such as Setubal, Portalegre and Beja, adjustments were made to its
Madeira Archipelago was officially discovered by the Portuguese
between 1418 and 1419 and comprises the islands of Madeira, Porto
Santo, Desertas and Selvagens. Its capital is Funchal, and the
current population is approximately 260,000.
Diocese of Funchal was created on June 12, 1514, with St. James the
Less and Our Lady of the Mount as its patron saints, and its
cathedral is the Cathedral of Funchal. The Diocese has 96 parishes
and seven deaneries – Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, São Vicente/Porto
Moniz, Calheta, Machico/Santa Cruz, Santana and Ribeira Brava/Ponta
do Sol. D. Nuno Brás da Silva Martins has been the Bishop of Funchal
since 2019, making him the 33rd bishop of the Diocese.
youth ministry holds an annual diocesan day, where young people from
the whole archipelago come together. Besides this important diocesan
event, we have been coordinating courses and activities more
intensively to prepare for WYD Lisbon 2023.
Diocese of Guarda has existed for over 800 years. Its seat was
brought to the city of Guarda by D. Sancho I, from Idanha-a-Velha,
who ordered the construction of a magnificent cathedral, which marks
the centre of the city.
2005, our diocese has been represented by Bishop D. Manuel Felício,
who relies on the collaboration of around 80 parish priests from a
total of 365 parishes.
diocese, which covers the districts of Guarda, Castelo Branco and
Coimbra, is one of great social and cultural diversity, tracing the
slopes of the striking Serra da Estrela.
a markedly rural area, the Catholic religion is still predominant,
stemming from its great traditions and devotions, and also its youth,
brought to the Diocese by the Higher Education campuses of Guarda and
the course of the Douro River, and touching the sky above some of its
mountains, Lamego is one of the oldest and most emblematic dioceses
welcoming people with unique traditions can be found here… with
dynamic youth, who promote encounters grounded on faith and
who visit Lamego will find a rich heritage of breath-taking
landscapes, historical monuments and the most beautiful Sanctuaries,
which welcome thousands of pilgrims during their pilgrimages.
open window to the future, our diocese brings generations together
and invites all those who visit Lamego to partake in this spirit of
fraternity, and enjoy its typical conviviality around a table bearing
the most exquisite delicacies.
Diocese of Leiria-Fatima has a history of centuries to tell. The
Apparition of Our Lady to the three little shepherds of Fatima is the
highlight of our history of faith. A shrine built to mark this
location has already been visited by 4 Popes, and Pope Francis will
return here in 2023.
is a small diocese, protected by its patron saints Augustine and Our
Lady of Fatima, consisting of 73 parishes under the guidance of
Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho, its pastor.
landscape stretches out between the beautiful beaches and the
majestic mountains of Aire and Candeeiros, where, amidst the culture
and nature, we are welcomed by its people whose hospitality is always
worthy of praise.
100 km from Lisbon, it is easily accessible by bus or train (North
and West lines), thus positioning this diocese in close proximity to
everything and making it easy to reach.
in 1549 and enlarged in 1881 with the integration of the Diocese of
Castelo Branco, the Diocese of Portalegre-Castelo Branco is located
in the territory of the former Egitânia, Idanha-a-Velha, a village
which still preserves the former Cathedra and a baptistery dating
back to the first centuries of the Christian era. Its patron saint is
St. Anthony of Lisbon.
is crossed by the River Tagus, narrowing at the Portas do Ródão to
join the two banks, boasting vast plains to the south (Alto Alentejo)
and north (Idanha) with a never-ending horizon, which alternate with
the mountains, the mountain range of S. Mamede to the south and the
entire northern area (Beira Baixa and Ribatejo), featuring extensive
forests and scattered populations, where its inhabitants seek
sustenance in their contact with nature.
Diocese of Portalegre-Castelo Branco has an area of 9,149.44 km2, and
a population of 222,341 (2011 Census), most of whom are elderly.
Diocese of Porto stretches across three thousand square kilometers
with a population of around two million people.
is situated in the north of Portugal on the Atlantic coastline,
extending inland along the left bank of the River Ave and Vizela to
the Tamega valley, and is bordered to the south by the Douro River
first bishop of Porto from 1114 to 1136 was D. Hugo. The Cathedral of
Porto is a national monument, a Romanesque and Gothic construction
(12th and 13th centuries) featuring baroque modifications that date
back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Diocese of Porto covers 26 municipalities, 17 of which belong to the
district of Porto, 8 to the district of Aveiro and 1 to the district
of Braga. It has 4 pastoral regions, 22 vicariates and 477 parishes.
Manuel Linda has been Bishop of Porto since March 2018.
region between Minho and Lima always enjoyed a degree of religious
autonomy up to 1514, when it was incorporated into the diocese of
It is the youngest diocese in Portugal, created on 3
November 1977, in response to increasing insistence.
area, covering 2,108Km2, coincides with the civil territory of the
district of Viana do Castelo, consisting of 291 parishes and a
population of 250,000. It
comprises 10 deaneries: Arcos de Valdevez, Caminha, Melgaço, Monção,
Paredes de Coura, Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima, Valença, Viana do
Castelo and Vila Nova de Cerveira.
Mother Church of Santa Maria Maior was constituted a Cathedral and
the restored Convento de S. Domingos became the headquarters of the
diocesan central services.
Real is a young diocese which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in
2019, it has been entrusted to the sixth bishop, D. António
Its patron saint is Our Lady of the Conception. It is
comprised of eight deaneries, from Barroso to Douro and from Terra
Quente to Baixo Tamega.
beauty of its landscapes, a blend of mountains and valleys, vineyards
and orchards, rivers and dams, is overwhelming. Its hospitable
people, unique gastronomy and enology, as well as its singular
monuments, traditions and customs await those who visit.
Pilgrimages are a prominent feature of this diocese, as is the
religiosity of its people, rich in values. The cultural expression of
its inhabitants and the way they live their faith is characterized by
an immense devotion to Our Lady and her various titles.
of interest: The diocese of Vila Real corresponds to the area of the
District of Vila Real with a population of around 250,000
inhabitants, over 90% of whom are Christian.
boasts one of the oldest dioceses in Portugal. Its first reference
dates back to the Council of Braga in 572. Nestled in the ‘heart’
of Portugal, with St. Teotonio as its patron saint, Bishop António
Luciano is entrusted with this diocese.
territory stretches across 3400 Km2 and, according to data from 2016,
it has a population of 260,356 inhabitants, of whom 239,375 are
Catholic (baptized). It is subdivided into 6 deaneries, in which a
total of 208 parishes are integrated. In 2015, 1515 young people were
granted the Sacrament of Confirmation.
associations and youth groups are scattered across its geographical
area, all bestowing a powerful influence and vitality on the youth
whole diocese is also characterized by a very rich religious
heritage, representative of different eras and styles, and a highly
tradition- based culture.