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The Whole World

Catholic means universal - that's the wonder of it
and it's because ..

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

"The Church is like a human family, but at the same time it is also the great family of God, through which he establishes an overarching communion and unity that embraces every continent, culture and nation.  ... Here at WYD we discover the joy of belonging to a family as vast as the world, including Heaven and earth, the past, the present, the future and every part of the earth. In this great band of pilgrims we walk side by side with Christ, we walk with the star that enlightens our history." - Benedict XVI, WYD Cologne 2005

In this universal section are all the (currently 128) countries represented on Totus2us podcasts (with recordings organised in alphabetical order of speaker), plus all the countries of the world that Saints Paul VI & John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI & Pope Francis have travelled to as pilgrims (with their words and prayers in various languages, plus photos & video footage). Also included here are our holy fathers annual messages for the World Day of Peace, World Day of Migrants and Refugees and World Youth Day (plus photos, audio & video footage from the 14 international World Youth Days).

Countries represented so far are: Albania, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, DR Congo, Congo-Brazaville, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech RepublicDominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, the Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Countries not included above which Saints Paul VI, John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI &/or Pope Francis have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Gabon, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iceland, Iran, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, Papua-New Guinea, La Réunion, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates & Uruguay.

On being announced the new Pope on 16 October 1978, John Paul II said:

"Do not be afraid. Christ knows 'what is in man'. He alone knows!"

The hymn composed for his beatification reiterated his oft repeated words: "Non abbiate paura!" ("Do not be afraid!") For, as the song goes:

"He's got the whole world in His hands ... He's got you and me, He's got everybody, He's got the whole world in His hands."


and my ...what a wonderful world it is!


"Beloved Young People, You are the hope of the Church and of the world.
You are my hope."

Dearest Young People - Queridísimos Jóvenes - Chers Jeunes - Carissimi Giovani - Droga Młodzieży - Kedves Fiatalok - Caríssimos Jovens - Meine Lieben Jugendlichen - Beste Jonge Mensen - Αγαπητοί Νέοι και Νέες - 親愛的青年朋友 - Dragi Prijatelji - Të Dashur Të Rinj - Dragi Prieteni - Дорогие друзья - Các Bạn Trẻ Thân Mến - Дорогі друзі

"So, my young friends, I hand you this Letter which continues the Gospel conversation of Christ with the young man - and flows from the testimony of the Apostles & of the first generations of Christians. I give you this Letter in International Youth Year, as we approach the end of the second Christian millennium. I entrust it to you in the 20th year since the close of the Second Vatican Council, which called young people "the hope of the Church" and which addressed to the young people of that time - as also to those of today & of all time - a "closing Message" in which the Church is described as the real youth of the world, as the one who "possesses what constitutes strength & the charm of youth, that is to say, the ability to rejoice with what is beginning, to give oneself unreservedly, to renew oneself & to set out again for new conquests". This I do on Palm Sunday, the day on which I am meeting many of you, pilgrims in Saint Peter's Square, here in Rome. Precisely on this day the Bishop of Rome prays together with you for all the young people of the world, for each & every one. We are praying in the community of the Church, so that - against the background of the difficult times in which we live - you "may always be prepared to make a defence to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you". Yes, precisely you, because on you depends the future, on you depends also the end of this millennium & the beginning of the next. So do not be passive; take up your responsibilities - in all the fields open to you in our world!"
- Papa St JPII, in his Apostolic Letter to the young people of the World


The World Youth Days are a great witness to the faith, hope and love that is all around the world, especially among young people. There have been 14 international World Youth Days: in Buenos Aires (Argentina in 1987), Santiago de Compostela (Spain in 1989), Czestochowa (Poland in 1991), Denver (USA in 1993), Manila (Philippines in 1995), Paris (France in 1997), Rome (Italy in the Jubilee Year 2000), Toronto (Canada in 2002), Cologne (Germany in 2005), Sydney (Australia in 2008), Madrid (Spain in 2011), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil in 2013), Krakow (JPII's home diocese in Poland in 2016), Panama (in 2019). The next international JMJ will be in Lisbon in 2020.