Colombian youth to make pilgrimage to local shrine in preparations for WYD 2008

Bogotá, Colombia, Jun 21, 2006 / 12:00 am (CNA) .- Young people in Colombia are preparing to take part in the National Buga Pilgrimage, June 30-July 2 in order to gear-up for the next World Youth Day, which will be held in Sydney, Australia, in 2008.

The event will have as its theme, “Your Word is a Light for my Path,” and according to the Fides news agency, “the pilgrimage is for young people aged 15 to 30 already active in the field of youth pastoral and activities with young people.”  

About 60 young people from each diocese in Colombia are expected to take part. Besides prayers, catechesis and a penitential liturgy with individual confession, the pilgrimage will include cultural events, recreational activities, a stop at the Shrine of the Lord of Miracles in the city of Buga, and a closing Mass.