It is an event organized by the Catholic Church that brings together young people around the world around the figure of the Pope.
The World Youth Day takes place annually in each diocese of the world on Palm Sunday, with a main ceremony in the Vatican.
However, every two or three years, there is a great international meeting held in a host city.
This ceremony is presided over by the pope. This last meeting, lasting several days, is usually associated with the name of World Youth Day.
THE PILGRIM CROSS
THE PILGRIM CROSS It is known as the "Cross of the Holy Year", the "Cross of the Jubilee", the "Cross of the WYD", the "Pilgrim Cross";
Many call it the "Young People's Cross" because it has been given to young people to carry around the world, to all places and at all times.
This is his story: In the jubilee year of 1984, John Paul II decided that there had to be a cross, as a symbol of the authentic Christian faith,
near the main altar of St. Peter's Basilica, where everyone could see it. Thus, a large wooden cross,
3.8 meters high, was installed as he wished. At the end of the Holy Year, after closing the Holy Door,
the Pope delivered that same cross to the youth of the world, with these words: "Dear young people,
at the close of the Holy Year I entrust you with the sign of this Jubilee Year: the Cross of Christ! Carry it around the world as a sign of the
love of the Lord Jesus to humanity and announce to all that only in Christ dead and risen there is salvation and redemption
"(Rome, April 22, 1984)".
ICON OF OUR LADY SALUS POPULI ROMANI
Since the XV World Youth Day celebrated in Rome during the Jubilee of 2000,
St. John Paul II declared this Marian dedication as Patron of the World Youth Days,
and since then a replica of the icon accompanies the Youth Cross ,
that presides over the days from the first (year 1984).
The image of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani has been present in the days of Rome (Jubilee 2000),
Toronto (2002), Cologne (2005), Sidney (2008), Madrid (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2013) and Krakow (2016).