ABOUT 80 Catholic youths from the Western Division are on a pilgrimage to a meditation centre in rural Nadi, their seven-day walk beginning last Saturday from the Navunibitu Catholic Parish in Ra.
Nadi priest Father Iosefo Brandon said youths embark on the faith journey annually to mark an important event in the church's calendar, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
"This year we are not calling it cross walk anymore, we now call it cross pilgrimage. The reason is because the pilgrimage has a goal, we are on a journey to our holy place," he said.
"There are 14 stations and we walk with the cross. It's a pilgrimage of prayer where we pray and ask for forgiveness and repent our sins and the sins of the whole world.
"The emphasis is on the spiritual journey and this is why it is called a pilgrimage."
Mr Brandon said the youths were from villages in Ra to Korolevu, Nadroga.
He added the journey would end on Friday at the Nadi Ashram.
"These youths will then go back to their respective parishes to await the resurrection because on Friday we will celebrate the passion of Christ.
"This whole journey is the preparation for resurrection.
"The main message this year is 'Happy are those who are poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven', this is the theme of the World Youth Day."