The 29th World Day of Catholic Youth Day (WYD) convened by Pope Francisco took place since last July 28 until Sunday 31, in Krakow, Poland. These celebrations were stablished in 1985 by Pope John Paul II, and it has been carried out in different countries.
A representation of Cuban Catholic Church has attended the majority of these events, which was decided to be held in Havana on this occasion, because of the high cost involved in sending an official representation to Poland, and in accordance with the exhortation by High Pontiff that in such cases the celebration will be performed in every nation, in tune with Krakow.
Thus, nearly 1 500 young Catholics from every diocese in Cuba and other Christian churches, together with bishops, priests, religious and seminarians have participated in Havana in the WYD. The event was inaugurated on 28 July in the Cathedral Square by the Archbishop of Havana Monsignor Juan García Rodríguez, when pilgrims received the cross blessed by Pope Francis during his pastoral visit to Cuba on September 2015.
A video message by His Holiness Francis to young Cubans gathered in Havana was showed during that meeting, where Pope Francis wished them that this was «a special occasion for the promotion of the culture of meeting, the culture of respect, the culture of understanding and mutual forgiveness, » and he called them to always look at others with mercy, with closeness with tenderness, especially those who suffer and those who need help. »
Thus, young people have attended catechesis taught by bishops, meetings in groups and daily Masses in churches from six municipalities in Havana, among other activities. And in the night of July 29, the youth took part in the Via Crucis procession, which departed from the Esplanade of the La Punta Cattle, toured streets and emblematic places in Old Havana and ended, after crossing the Gate of Mercy, at the entrance of the Cathedral,
Last Saturday night, they participated in a Prayer Vigil in the gardens of the Santovenia Elderly Home, and in the morning of Sunday, they took part in a Missioning Mass, which concluded the most important event of the Cuban Catholic youth.
Last night, the Cuban Television Educational Channel showed moments of the celebration of World Youth Day Catholic in Havana, in line with Krakow, with a recount of the activities carried out and the video message by the Pope.
Translated by ESTI