Journey of the Cross & Icon

WYD08 - Legacy Miniature Crosses

Legacy Miniature Crosses which were supposed to accompany the WYD Cross and Icon around the Diocese are being sent to the parishes and schools involved in the JCI. Unfortunately they did not arrive at our WYD Office in Cairns until Tuesday 25 September – just as the Cross and Icon were returning from the Torres Strait and heading off to Darwin Diocese!

The little wooden crosses that were to be distributed to people when they came to JCI events are intended to be a permanent reminder of your experience(s) with the Cross and Icon, and a tangible link between the Journey of the Cross and WYD08.

May this Cross remind you of your time with the WYD Cross and Icon and of the words of the late Pope John Paul II:

"As you walk with the cross, the cross walks with you." JPII

Journeying in our Diocese

The Cross and Icon were in Cairns Diocese from Monday 17th September to Tuesday 25th September. It was a great week with many people experiencing the blessings of the Cross and Icon all over the Diocese.

Handover from Townsville Diocese to Cairns Diocese at Cardwell.

At Mt St Bernard's College on the Tablelands... Arrival of the Message Stick.

Students carry the Cross and Icon from St Patrick's Church.

And if you have any good pictures from events in your area please send them in to and we'll try and put some on the web!

Also check out the official BLOG from the JCI Team!


It's our turn...

The WYD Cross and Icon have arrived in Cairns Diocese this morning (Monday 17th September) handed over to us from Townsville Diocese.

Make sure you come along to an event in your area this week. Check out the itinerary (link below) to see what's on.

For more information about the Journey around Australia including a "JCI Blog" click here

17-25 September 2007 - Cairns Diocese

The WYD Journey of the Cross & Icon will travel through our Diocese from 17-25 September 2007. This is expected to have a huge impact upon our Catholic population and beyond, as many and varied prayer events are organised around it's time here. Interest continues to grow across our region, for example OLHOC Primary School has raised $2,500 to sponsor Iraqi Catholics to come to WYD08.

Check out the latest itinerary to see what's happening near you! (Note it was updated on 17 September 2007 - a couple of time changes have occurred since the previous version).


The WYD Cross and its pilgrimages

The World Youth Day Cross is the most significant tangible symbol of World Youth Day. Originally the idea of Pope John Paul 11, the 3.8 metre high wooden Cross was built and placed as a symbol of the Catholic faith, near the main altar in St Peter's Basilica during the Holy Year of 1983. At the end of that year, Pope John Paul gave this cross as a gift to the youth of the world, to be carried through the world as a symbol of Christ's love for humanity.

"My dear young people, at the conclusion of the Holy Year, I entrust to you the sign of this Jubilee Year: the Cross of Christ! Carry it throughout the world as a symbol of Christ's love for humanity and announce to everyone that only in the death and resurrection of Christ can we find salvation and redemption."
His Holiness Pope Jean Paul II, Rome, 22 April 1984.

Since then, the World Youth Day cross has travelled far and wide - it has been throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, South America and The Philippines, to Poland and Prague, to the German Parliament and even to Ground Zero in New York. It has been carried by commercial airline, light aircraft, dog sled, pick-up truck, tractor, sail boat, fishing boat and on shoulders. From parish churches to youth detention centres, prisons, schools, universities, national historic sites, shopping centres, nightclub districts and parks. It is truly an international symbol for Catholic youth. For more about the travels of the WYD Cross click here .

Plenary Indulgence associated with the Cross and Icon

The Holy See has granted a Plenary Indulgence for the WYD Cross during its journey in Australia. For more information click the link to take you to the main WYD website page - Plenary Indulgence

What is a Plenary Indulgence? (excerpt from the link above)

Indulgences are particular expressions of the mercy of God, and are linked to the effects of the Sacrament of Penance.

This purification takes place through patient bearing of trials and sufferings through charitable and merciful acts, and through prayer.

The Church, as the minister of Christ's redemption, dispenses graces - including indulgences - from the treasury of the gifts given by Christ, through his death and resurrection, and makes them available to those seeking them with sincere heart.
Indulgences are not magical, like all graces they require the proper disposition to receive them. They certainly cannot be sold.

Like all gifts, material or spiritual, given by God, they are to be shared for the building of Christ body, whether on Earth, in purification on the way to Heaven, or in eternal happiness.

Spiritual movements express themselves through physical actions. For the "Plenary" or full indulgence to be obtained, certain physical actions expressing or accompanying the right attitude are required.

For the newly granted WYD indulgence to be received, people should:

* devotedly take part in a sacred ceremony carried out publicly in honour of WYD Cross solemnly exposed or at least be attentive in the presence of this corss by means of access in a public place either in a large crowd or alone;
* celebrate Sacrament of Penance (10 days before or after);
* receive Holy Communion (10 days before or after);
* pray for the Pope's intentions;
* recitation of Our Father, the Creed and prayerful invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (one Hail Mary).

(cf Catechism of the Catholic Church 1471-1479)

Handover of the WYD Cross and Icon of Our Lady

Following the tradition established since the first international World Youth Day, the Handover of the Cross and Icon takes place on Palm Sunday in St Peter's Square as part of the Palm Sunday Mass celebrated by His Holiness. The Cross is officially 'handed over' by youth of the last host city, to youth of the upcoming host city.

As for preceding WYDs, the Cross and Icon will undertake a 'Journey of the Cross' throughout Australia and Oceania from Palm Sunday 2007 to July 2008, touching the lives of thousands of people as a sign of hope and pilgrimage.

You will be able to follow the progress of the WYD Cross and Icon on its journey after the Handover in Rome at