The idea to create World Youth Day was conceived in the extraordinary
Holy Year 1983-1984. The Eternal City was invaded by associations,
societies, fraternities and groups of all sorts.
One of the volunteers of the San Lorenzo International Center
(established near the Vatican 25 years ago by Pope John Paul II), Don
Massimo Camisasca of "Communion and Liberation," asked: "In this Holy
Year, why don't we also hold an international meeting of youth?"
Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes