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About the San Lorenzo Center:
Founded by Pope John Paul II in 1983, the San Lorenzo center is the official home of the World Youth Day Cross.  Thousands of young people from all over the world come to the center each year to venerate the Cross.

But the center is much more than that.  It is a magnet for young people from all over the world when they are in Rome either studying, working or just visiting. It offers, in many languages, a program of catechesis and social events specifically for young people.

The center  is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It is closed on Sundays.

The Emmanuel Community is entrusted with looking after the center and the Emmanuel School of Mission serve there each week.

The International Mass on Fridays is often is celebrated by Bishops and Cardinals of the Vatican. Pope Benedict celebrated Mass there in 2005. The center also hosts international communities and movements for events and Pilgrimages in Rome. 

Other events include the Pilgrimage of the Seven Churches, Forums of the Emmanuel Community and the Easter Tridium 

Their schedule for Monday through Thursday is as follows:
5:00 p.m.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confession
6:00 p.m.  Mass

Their schedule for Friday is as follows:
3:00 p.m. Prayer in St. Peter’s Square with World Youth Day Cross.
5:00-6:30 p.m.   Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confession.
6.30 p.m.           International Mass
7:00 p.m.           Social time and refreshments

Getting there:

The San Lorenzo center is just a few blocks from Saint Peter's Square.  If you zoom in all the way to "street view" on the google map you will see a sign on the corner of the building, so that might help you find it.

Click here for the official website of the San Lorenzo Center in Rome.

Photos courtesy Centro San Lorenzo
Inauguration of the San Lorenzo center by Pope John Paul II and the World Youth Day cross.
Pope John Paul II shaking hands with those who helped make this a success
Procession walking from the San Lorenzo Center to Saint Peter's Square
Gathering at the World Youth Day Cross in Saint Peter's Square at 3:00 p.m on Fridays
At the World Youth Day Cross in Saint Peter's Square
The 7 Churches procession held every year.
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