From staff reports
For the first time in 25 years, the official World Youth Day Cross and Marian Icon will make a multi-city tour of the United States. To witness this historic journey, the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is organizing a pilgrimage to Washington the weekend of Aug. 25.
Entrusted to the youth and young adults of the world by St. John Paul II in 1984, the Cross and Icon will stop at five locations on its U.S. journey from Aug. 19-27: Chicago, Miami, Houston, Washington and Los Angeles. The Cross and Icon will travel Aug. 25 to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine on the National Mall in Washington.
The Cross has traveled around the globe since St. John Paul II gave it to the world’s youth, and has been part of every World Youth Day Celebration, beginning with the first official WYD event in Rome in 1986. Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, O.S.A., Metropolitan Archbishop of Panama and host of the next international World Youth Day gathering in January 2019, extended the Latin American tour of the WYD symbols to include the United States.
In 2002, the Cross came to Ground Zero in New York for a brief visit of comfort to the nation’s young people in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In 2003, St. John Paul II presented the world’s youth and young adults with a Marian Icon, under the title of “Salus Populi Romani,” which has accompanied the WYD Cross for the past 15 years.
“I hope that young people and young adults will have an encounter with Christ and his mother Mary through the Cross and Icon, just as many have during World Youth Day,” said Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport, World Youth Day episcopal liaison for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “This summer tour is also very timely because August 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the last time the pilgrim cross made a journey across the United States in advance of WYD 1993 in Denver.”
Those wanting to attend the Diocese of Trenton pilgrimage to Washington must be 18 and older. For more information, email diocesan coordinator of young adult ministry Cristina Imparato at [email protected]. [[In-content Ad]]