At the 1984 meeting the Pope presented the WYD Cross to the 300,000 or so young people who had gathered in Saint Peter’s Square. This meeting sparked subsequent gatherings with Pope John Paul II and the WYD Cross: in 1986 (Rome – Diocesan), 1987 (Buenos Aires, Argentina), 1989 (Santiago de Compostela, Spain), 1991(Czestochowa, Poland), 1993 (Denver, USA), 1995 (Manila, Philippines), 1997 (Paris, France), 2000 (Rome, Italy), and 2002 (Toronto, Canada). Pope Benedict XVI has continued this tradition in 2005 (Cologne, Germany), 2008 (Sydney, Australia) and 2011 (Madrid, Spain).
The host-cities of WYD have the opportunity to showcase themselves to the many pilgrims attending the event. They witness an event that unites hundreds of nationalities together in Christ. Difficulties, such as language and culture barriers may initially come across as problematic but then turn into bonding moments at WYD. At WYD young people come together in a meeting of love, dreams, and Christ.
This upcoming WYD, there will not be a Diocesan group. If you are interested in attending, below you can find a list of the parishes that will be attending:
Prince of Peace Catholic Church
8413 Park Ave
Lyford, RX 78569
Fr. Juan Togelio Gutierrez (956) 347-3580
For more info (956) 451-3549
For more information about WYD, check out the official World Youth Day 2013 website.