The Catholic Youth in Lithuania for two weeks (6 – 19 of September, 2003) had a great joy to receive the World Youth Day Cross and the Icon of Mary. The pilgrimage of the World Youth Day Cross and the Icon of Mary was a precious experience for plenty of young people and a blessed even for the Church in Lithuania.
After the reception liturgy in Klaipėda, where Lithuanian youth received the Holy Cross and the Icon of Holy Mary from the delegates of the Catholic Church in Sweden we had more than 30 events and liturgical celebrations with the Cross.
The Cross, that was entrusted by the Holy Father John Paul II to the youth of the World at the end of the Holy Year of the Redemption (1983 – 1984) visited all the dioceses and a lot of parishes of the Lithuania: the youth of Klaipėda, Kretinga, Plungė, Telšiai, Kuršėnai, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Raseiniai, Šiluva, Vilnius, Šumskas, Kaišiadorys, Alytus, Prienai, Garliava and some other places had different possibilities to celebrate the Cross and their Faith in front of the Cross and the Icon of the Holy Mother of God.
At the end of the pilgrimage in Lithuania the Cross and the Icon of Mary were brought to Copenhagen (Denmark) and were given to the representatives of the Catholic Church in Denmark.
Information of the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference