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Week of January 21, 2002
Pilgrim Cross to spend 2 days at Ground Zero
By ART BABYCH
Canadian Catholic News
The cross symbolizing World Youth Day will be taking a break from its nine-month-old journey to dioceses across Canada to visit the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York.
Father Thomas Rosica, national director of the WYD 2002, told a WYD preparatory meeting Jan. 12, the pilgrimage cross will travel to Ground Zero for ecumenical services Feb. 24-25.
Plans are to bring the cross and all the youth ministers of the dioceses of New York State to the site for the services. When the decision to make the journey was announced during a December meeting between WYD 2002 organizers and youth ministers from New York, many of the American youth "began to cry, saying this was one of the things we were going to ask you to bring up at the discussions," Rosica said.
"There was a great meeting of minds and hearts, and since then something wonderful is afoot, particularly in the Archdiocese of New York and in areas around New York City."
The four-metre cross has travelled more than 25,000 km across Canada since it arrived in Ottawa last April.
Its journey by air, road, boat and dog sled has taken it as far west as Whitehorse in the Yukon and as far east as Signal Hill in St. John's, Nfld. The cross was in the Edmonton Archdiocese Nov. 14-24.
The cross will be carried on foot from Montreal to Toronto before WYD opens July 23.