Rome, Italy, May 5, 2006 / 12:00 am (CNA) .- The
official World Youth Day Cross, which is currently visiting countries
in Africa on its way to Sydney for next World Youth Day celebration to
be held in 2008, was damaged in Senegal when the vehicle that was
carrying it was involved in an accident.
According to the
Kath.net agency, the cross arrived in Dakar on Holy Tuesday. The
National Director of the Pontifical Missionary Works, Father Giuseppe
Giordano, said that the presence of the WYD pilgrim cross had
â€śstrengthened the faithâ€ť of Catholics in the area, who are a minority
amidst a large Muslim population.
As the cross was
being transported to other cities, the small bus that was on was
involved in an accident. Some passengers in the bus also suffered
slight injuries but were immediately treated and released. Local
artisans quickly repaired the cross.
The cross was
then taken to the Catholic mission at Koumpountum, where according to
Father Giordano, â€śCatholics are a small minority. The arrival of
the cross was a wonderful opportunity to reinforce in us Catholics the
sense of belonging to the universal Church. Even some Muslims
wanted to come and see the WYD cross,â€ť he said.
cross leaves Senegal, it will visit numerous other countries in Africa
including Ghana, Nigeria, Burundi, Rwanda among others before arriving