In line with the call made by Pope Francis to foster a culture of mutual respect and understanding, young Cuban catholic attended a 29th World Youth Day 2016 gathering in late July.
About 1,500 young Cubans and bishops, priests from the country’s Catholic dioceses and other Christian churches, followed from Havana the developments at a religious event in Krakow, Poland, summoned by the Pope.
Such events have been held on the initiative of Pope John Paul II since 1985.
The Cuban Catholic Church has participated on a regular basis, but this time it decided to do so from Havana because of the high cost of sending an official representation to the European country.
To coincide with the event taking place in Krakow, World Youth Day in Cuba was inaugurated by Monsignor Juan García Rodríguez, the Archbishop of Havana. At Cathedral Square, pilgrims received the Cross blessed by Pope Francis during his September 2015 visit.
A message from the Pope to young Cubans, calling for the promotion of a culture of meetings, respect, mutual understanding and forgiveness was read.
The message also called for expressions of mercy and tenderness to those who are suffering and in need.
Among other activities, the young participants attended catechism lessons led by bishops, held daily meetings and mass at churches in six of Havana’s 15 municipalities.
They also took part in a Way of the Cross procession through streets and emblematic places in Old Havana, and held a Prayer Vigil in the gardens of Santovenia House.Share on FB Share on TT