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Pope to attend World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

 

VATICAN CITY – The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, confirmed on 9 July 2018 that Pope Francis will participate in the upcoming World Youth Day, 22-27 Jan 2019, in Panama.

The Holy Father will arrive at the event a day after it begins and takes part from the 23rd to the 27th of January.

A brief statement said the Pope had accepted an invitation from the government of Panama and from the country’s Catholic bishops.

This will be the third World Youth Day Pope Francis attends. His first took place in Brazil in 2013, just months after his election to the papacy, followed by Poland in 2016.

World Youth Day (WYD) is an encounter of young people from around the world with the Pope, typically celebrated every three years. The event allows young people to experience the universality of the Church and to share their faith in Jesus Christ.

Panama’s president Juan Carlos Varela tweeted on Monday that he “shares the joy and excitement of the Panamanian people” for the official announcement of the Pope’s attendance.

Monday’s announcement made the visit official, but Pope Francis had previously registered online for WYD at the Sunday Angelus on 11 February 2018, the day registration for the event opened.

As he overlooked St Peter’s Square, the Pope held a tablet and signed up for the event.

“There,” he said. “I am now enrolled as a pilgrim to World Youth Day.” And he invited young people around the world “to live this event of grace and fraternity with faith and enthusiasm, either by going to Panama or by participating in their communities.”

Already in March 2017, Pope Francis released a video message for the 2019 event, inviting young people to look to the Blessed Virgin Mary as they continue their pilgrimage toward the event.

“Mary did not stay at home because she was not a young couch potato who looks for comfort and safety where nobody can bother them. She was moved by faith because faith is at the heart of Our Mother’s entire life story.” -Devin Watkins, Vatican News

Pope addresses end-of-life issues

 

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis addressed end-of-life issues in his letter to the participants of a World Medical Association meeting on 16 Nov 2017.

“The anguish associated with conditions that bring us to the threshold of human mortality, and the difficulty of the decision we have to make, may tempt us to step back from the patient.  Yet this is where, more than anything else, we are called to show love and closeness, recognising the limit that we all share and showing our solidarity,” he said to the delegates of the European Regional Meeting.

In his message, the pope called for “greater wisdom” in striking a balance between medical efforts to prolong life, and the responsible decision to withhold treatment when death becomes inevitable.

“It is clear that not adopting, or else suspending, disproportionate measures, means avoiding overzealous treatment,” the pope said. “From an ethical standpoint, it is completely different from euthanasia, which is always wrong, in that the intent of euthanasia is to end life and cause death.”

Pope Francis acknowledged that it is often difficult to determine the proper course of action in increasingly complex cases.

“There needs to be a careful discernment of the moral object, the attending circumstances, and the intentions of those involved,” he said, pointing to the traditional criteria of moral theology for evaluating human actions. But in this process, he insisted “the patient has the primary role.”

The pontiff also raised the issue of “a systemic tendency toward growing inequality in health care,” both globally – especially between different continents – and within individual, especially wealthy countries, where options for health care often depend more on “economic resources,” than the “actual need for treatment.”

It is important, Pope Francis said, to find agreed solutions to “these sensitive issues.” He emphasised the need to recognise different worldviews and ethical systems, but also noted the duty of the state to protect the dignity of every human person, especially the most vulnerable. – vatican radio

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