The pilgrimage of the WYD symbols endedin Lisbon
The symbols of World Youth Day (WYD) - the pilgrim's cross and the icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani - arrived in Lisbon on July 22nd, bringing to an end a worldwide pilgrimage that began in 2020 and has been in Portugal since October 2021.
On Sunday, July 23rd, the symbols were escorted through the streets of Lisbon, visiting institutions such as the Lisbon penitentiary, the Portuguese Institute of Oncology, the Catholic University of Portugal and Santa Maria Hospital. The symbols’ tour ended in front of Lisbon City Hall, where Carlos Moedas, Mayor of Lisbon, received them in the presence of Bishop Manuel Clemente.
From Praça do Município, the young pilgrims carried the pilgrim’s cross and the icon of Our Lady Salus Populi Romani by hand to Lisbon Cathedral. "Today is the first day of the rest of our lives, in this unique event for the city and for all those who have come", said Carlos Moedas.
In the months leading up to each WYD, the symbols go on tour to proclaim the Gospel and accompany youths in a special way in the realities they experience”.
Upon their arrival in Lisbon on Saturday evening, the Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, Filipe Anacoreta Correia, joined hundreds of youths on a pilgrimage that took the symbols from Cais do Sodré to Praça Luís de Camões.