Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on the occasion of the Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. At the end of the celebration there was the passage of the symbols of the World Youth Days, the Cross and the copy of the Salus Populi Romani Icon, from the representation of Panamanian youth to Portuguese youth, for Gmg 2023 to be held in Lisbon: initially scheduled for 2022 and postponed for the pandemic.
"For years - explains the dicastery for the laity, family and life - the Cross and the Salus Populi Romani Icon have accompanied the preparations for the international editions of the Gmg: the delivery of symbols to the young people of the diocese that hosts the Day always took place at the end of the celebration of Palm Sunday presided over by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square. This tradition dates back to 1984 when, at the end of the Jubilee Year of the Redemption, Pope John Paul II entrusted young people with the Jubilee Cross, known today as the Cross of the Gmg, since then at the center of every international edition of the Days.
In 2003 the Holy Father also offered young people a copy of the Icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani, which supports the Cross in its pilgrimages around the world ". The Mediterranean Foundation and the Anna Lindh Italy Federation support
Gmg 2023.