Aug 25th

The Visit of the World Youth Day Cross

This is a community event

Come take part in this once-in-a-generation celebration of the WYD Cross as it makes its first pilgrimage across the United States in twenty-five years! Youth, young adults, and families of all ages are invited to take part in this historic event happening in Washington D.C., and should plan to meet at the LINCOLN MEMORIAL no later than 9:00 AM. From there a youth and young adult led procession of the Cross will proceed to several prominent monuments on the National Mall. Next, the Cross will process to the SAINT JOHN PAUL II NATIONAL SHRINE where there will be veneration of the Cross, engaging music, keynote addresses by nationally acclaimed speakers, and a special "Panama Pavillion" celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Panama, host of the 2019 World Youth Day. Lastly, festive food and entertainment will be enjoyed before a final procession of the Cross to a solemn Sunday Mass at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. For those wishing to attend only the procession, please register for the free half-day procession ticket for planning purposes. If you wish to purchase a lunch, please contact [email protected] All-day registration tickets include both the morning procession and afternoon/evening activities at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. We encourage all those planning to attend to invite friends and to coordinate with local youth groups, parishes, and dioceses to arrange transportation! Visit for more information and for a detailed schedule of the days' events, including the latest updates about speakers, musicians, and bishops attending. Please reserve your tickets at  Please direct all questions and inquiries to [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you! 

Saint John Paul II National Shrine

3900 Harewood Rd NE

Washington District of Columbia

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