The Spanish pilgrimage of the Cross and the WYD icon

The symbols of World Youth Days: the Youth Cross and the Icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani  will tour the Spanish geography in the coming months of September and October.

Maria José Atienza-August 16, 2021-Reading time: 2 minutes
WYD Cross

Photo: ©CNS photo/Vincenzo Pinto, Reuters pool

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)

8-sept Astorga

9-sept Leon

10-sept Palencia

11-sept Zamora

12-sept Santander

13-sept Calahorra and La Calzada- Logroño

14-sept Zaragoza

15-sept Trip to Mallorca

16-sept Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca

17-sept Trip to Alicante

18-sept Orihuela-Alicante

19-sept Cartagena

20-sept Guadix

21-sept Jaén

22-sept Ciudad Real

23-sept Trip to Loyola for the National Meeting of Youth Pastoral Delegates and Leaders (ENPJ)

24-sept Vitoria

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

1-oct Madrid

2-oct Pamplona

3-oct Barcelona

4-oct Barcelona

5-Oct Valencia

6-Oct Valencia

7-Oct Albacete

8-Oct Trip to Guadeloupe

Oct 9-Oct Toledo (Guadeloupe)

10-oct Mérida-Badajoz

Oct 11-Oct Cáceres

12-Oct Plasencia

13-Oct Salamanca

14-Oct Osma-Soria

15-Oct Avila

16-Oct Burgos

17-Oct Valladolid

18-Oct Bilbao

Oct 19-Oct Trip to Tenerife

Oct 20 Tenerife

21-Oct Canary Islands

Oct 22-Oct Trip to Seville

Oct 23-Oct Seville

24-Oct Cordoba

25-Oct Granada

Oct 26-Oct Almeria

27-Oct Jerez

Oct 28-Oct Cadiz

29-Oct Huelva

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.

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