Maclean shares joy of cross and icon

WORLD Youth Day 2008's Journey of the Cross and Icon continued its way north on the Weekend with a stop-over visit to Maclean on Saturday.

The cross and icon arrived at Maclean at 9am to an enthusiastic welcome from the community.

Monika O'keeffe, a committee member of Maclean's Cross and Icon Planning Committee, said the arrival of the cross and icon brought happiness and excitement to those who came to experience the event.

"It was fascinating to see and hear the enthusiasm of the children and the adults looking on," Ms O'keeffe said.

"We are all part of the wider world community and I am very pleased to have been involved."

Ms O'keeffe said the cross and icon's visit to Maclean took several months of planning and took a while for the idea of the visit to take off because many people had not heard about the Journey of the Cross and Icon.

She was relieved the visit had gone well.

Ms O'keeffe said the cross and icon, although not fragile, were handled respectfully because of their history and significance.

Pope John Paul II gave the 3.8-metre tall cross as a present to the youth of the world back in the 1980s.

Before that, it had been housed in St Peter's Basillica at the Vatican. The cross, along with the icon (an image of Mary), makes its way around the world in a similar way the Olympic Torch is relayed.



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