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June 28, 2022

World Youth Day Cross and Icon arrived for the first time in Bucharest

The Cross and Icon of the World Youth Day (WYD) arrived on Friday for the first time in Bucharest, thus placing the capital of Romania on the map of the global pilgrimage begun 30 years ago in a celebration of Christian unity and acceptance, the Press Office of the Bucharest Roman Catholic Archdiocese informed.
Thus, after a halt in three Roman Catholic parishes in the capital, the two symbols of World Youth Day were solemnly welcomed on Saturday at the St. Joseph Cathedral in Bucharest.
After Bacau, Onesti, Roman, Iasi and Bucharest, the WYD Cross and Icon will travel further to Odorhei, Alba-Iulia, Blaj, Timisoara, Lugoj, Oradea, Cluj-Napoca, Baia Mare and Satu Mare to be then handed to the young Catholics in Hungary.
On their preparation path for the 2016 World Youth Day meeting in Krakow, the young Romanian Catholics attended diocesan meetings this year, and a national meeting will take place in Cluj-Napoca over July 22 – 26, 2015.
The World Youth Day was initiated by Pope John Paul II in 1985 and the cross and the icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary have been journeying together not only as a symbol of Christ’s love and redeeming work for humanity, but also as Christ Himself was accompanied by his Holy Mother in history.
International meetings are held every 2-3 years, each time in a different country.
Since 1984, the World Youth Day Cross – a simple wooden cross 3.80 m tall – has traveled dozens of countries on all continents following the route of the youth meetings: Buenos Aires (1987), Santiago de Compostela (1989), Czestochowa (1991), Denver (1993), Manila (1995), Paris (1997), Rome (2000), Toronto (2002), Cologne (2005), Sydney (2008), Madrid (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2013).

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