The cross and the icon will be received next Sunday, September 5 at around 12:15 am in the parish of María Auxiliadora de Fuentes de Oñoro (Diocese of Ciudad Rodrigo) where a welcoming ceremony will be held and it will be sent on its way to Ciudad Rodrigo. This is the starting signal for the preparation of the next World Youth Day that will take place in Lisbon in 2023 after being delayed due to the pandemic. This will be a very special journey because, as the nation is adjacent to Portugal, many young Spaniards will participate in the next World Youth Day.
In the following days he will go on pilgrimage to different dioceses:
5-sept Ciudad Rodrigo
6-sept Ciudad Rodrigo - Oviedo (Covadonga)
7-sept Oviedo (Covadonga)
13-sept Calahorra and La Calzada- Logroño
15-sept Trip to Mallorca
16-sept Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca
17-sept Trip to Alicante
22-sept Ciudad Real
23-sept Trip to Loyola for the National Meeting of Youth Pastoral Delegates and Leaders (ENPJ)
25-sept ENPJ Loyola. San Sebastián (Aránzazu)
26-sept ENPJ Loyola
27-September CEE-Madrid (day dedicated to Charity)
28-September CEE-Madrid (day dedicated to Life)
29-sept Spanish Episcopal Conference in the morning and in the afternoon at the Castrense cathedral
30-sept Castrense Diocese
8-Oct Trip to Guadeloupe
Oct 9-Oct Toledo (Guadeloupe)
Oct 11-Oct Cáceres
Oct 19-Oct Trip to Tenerife
Oct 20 Tenerife
21-Oct Canary Islands
Oct 22-Oct Trip to Seville
Oct 23-Oct Seville
Oct 26-Oct Almeria
Oct 28-Oct Cadiz
The diocese of Huelva will be in charge of bidding farewell to the WYD symbols in Spain with a Eucharist at 6.30 pm in Ayamonte, a border town with Portugal and later, at 7.30 pm, the farewell ceremony will take place and at 8.30 pm both symbols will cross the border through the Guadiana River to Portugal.
WYD Cross and icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani
World Youth Day has two symbols that accompany and represent it: the Pilgrim Cross and the icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani. These symbols accompany in a very special way the young people who are preparing their way to World Youth Day in their country.
As in every WYD, the symbols go on pilgrimage through all the dioceses of the country that will host the great event. In this case, it will go on pilgrimage through all the Portuguese dioceses in preparation and motivation, and also, on this occasion, through the Spanish dioceses.