The preparation, realization and dynamism of each World Youth Day, inaugurated by the meeting of young people from all over the world with the Pope, is entrusted to patrons, that is, to canonized saints or saints in the process of canonization, acting as a reference for the youth community.
For WYD Lisbon 2023, the Local Organizing Committee has proposed 13 patrons, women, men and young people who, as the Cardinal Patriarch affirms, “have shown that life in Christ fills and saves the youth of all times”. These patrons, who were born in the city hosting WYD or come from other countries, are models for young people.
The preparation for WYD Lisbon 2023 is also entrusted to the diocesan patrons of World Youth Day. Thus, each diocese has chosen the saints who are a reference for the context of each diocesan reality and who, with their example and protection, will help in the journey towards WYD Lisbon 2023.