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Follow the World Youth Day Cross

Last edited 24th April 2012

Follow the World Youth Day Cross

In 1984, Pope John Paul II entrusted the World Youth Day Cross to the youth of the world. His words on that occasion were: "My dear young people, at the conclusion of the Holy Year, I entrust to you the sign of this Jubilee Year: the Cross of Christ! Carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ's love for humanity, and announce to everyone that only in the death and resurrection of Christ can we find salvation and redemption"(Rome, 22nd April 1984).

Decades later, the World Youth Day Cross continues to travel throughout the world, uniting pilgrims everywhere, and bringing the World Youth Day message to those who cannot travel for the international event every 2-3 years. At the moment, the Cross is making its way towards Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, for the 2013 World Youth Day. You can follow the Journey of the Cross via:


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