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Visit of the World Youth Day Cross

WYD 2013 - Cross carried through crowd

The official WYD Cross and Marian Icon will make a multi-city tour across the United States August 19-27, 2018. The tour includes stops in Chicago, Miami, Houston, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. 

The Cross has traveled around the globe since 1984, when St. John Paul II gave it to young people. It has been part of every World Youth Day celebration beginning with the first official WYD event in Rome in 1986. 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 fifteen years.

In 2002, the Cross came to Ground Zero in New York City for a brief visit to bring comfort to the nation's young people in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Prior to that, the Cross last traveled the United States in 1993, in advance of WYD in Denver twenty-five years ago. This is the first time the Marian Icon will come to the United States.

Read the press release, learn more about these symbols of WYD on the Panama 2019 website, and stay tuned for more details on the events in each city.

Chicago: August 19-21

August 20

6:00 AM- Mass at Holy Name Cathedral
Symbols will be on display beginning with this Mass and until the Cathedral closes.

12:10 PM - Mass at Holy Name Cathedral

12:30-5:15 PM - Food with music in Holy Name Courtyard

3:00 - 5:00 PM - Confessions at Holy Name Cathedral

5:15 PM - Mass at Holy Name Cathedral with veneration service for participants.
Celebrated by Bishop Caggiano 

7:00 PM - Prayer Service with Bishop Caggiano at Holy Name Cathedral

8:15 PM - Post Prayer Service Social

August 21

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Display at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elmhurst, Illinois, Diocese of Joliet

Miami: August 21-23

August 22

8:00 AM - Pilgrimage to the Peripheries
Mass and Visit with the Homeless, Immigrants and Poor, Missionaries of Charity Shelter

1:00 PM - Encounter with the Youth
Youth Rally, Monsignor Pace High School

7:00 PM - Vigil with the Young People
Prayer for the Synod and WYD
Vigil and Concert, Front Lawn of St. John Vianney Regional Seminary

August 23

8:00 AM - Prayer for Vocations
Mass with Seminarians and Religious, St. John Vianney Regional Seminary

More details on each event coming soon!

Houston: August 23-24

Join the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for a night filled with worship, reflection, and multicultural celebration in the company of Bishop Sheltz as the World Youth Day Cross & Marian Icon stop in Houston on their way to World Youth Day in Panama. People of all ages are welcome: youth, young adults, couples, families. This event is free. Thursday, August 23rd 2018 6:00 – 9:30 pm Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy, Houston, TX 77002

Find more information on the event poster: in English  en Español

The Cross and Icon will also be at the University of St. Thomas, 1018 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX 77006, at the Chapel of St. Basil, on August 24, 8:00 – 9:30 am.

Learn more about the spiritual significance of the World Youth Day Cross and Icon.

Sponsored by: The Office of Young Adults & Campus Ministry, Office of Adolescent Catechesis & Evangelization, Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston. Information:  713-741-8778

Washington, DC: August 24-25

Journey through our nation's capital with the WYD Cross and Icon on Saturday, August 25th, 9:00 am – 6:30 pm. The day begins on the National Mall with a historic, youth and young adult led procession of the WYD Cross and Icon to four of the nation's most prominent monuments. Following the procession, all are welcome to accompany the Cross as it continues its pilgrimage to the Saint John Paul II National Shrine for an afternoon of liturgical celebration, concluding with Saturday Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The event is free but registration is still recommended. Food is also available for pre-purchase on the registration site. 

Find more information on the event poster: in English  en Español

Los Angeles: August 26-27

The World Youth Day Cross and Mass Icon will be featured at a special Mass (with area bishops TBD) at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 26, in the mid-afternoon (exact time TBD). 

After the Mass, the Cross and Icon will be available in the Cathedral for viewing and veneration. More details coming soon.

WYD 2016 - Pilgrims carry the World Youth Day cross during the opening Mass. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

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