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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

Dates for World Youth Day 2019 announced

PANAMA CITY – The next international World Youth Day celebration, on the theme ‘“I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38),’ will be held in Panama from January 22 – 27, 2019.

Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta announced the dates on Friday, 20 Jan 2017.

According to the official World Youth Day website, this WYD is expected to be much smaller than previous WYDs. The Central American nation is expecting to host about 500,000 pilgrims, significantly fewer than the 2.4 million and 3.7 million pilgrims estimated to have attended WYD Krakow 2016 and Rio 2013, respectively.

The reason for the event being hosted during the winter, the site explained, was to avoid the country’s rainy season, which occurs in July and August, which are the months in which WYD is often hosted.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Panama, Archbishop Andrés Carrascosa Coso, in an interview with La Estrella Panamá, stressed that the nation is capable of organising this global event. – zenit.org

Panama World Youth Day will be held early in 2019

VATICAN CITY – The next international celebration of World Youth Day will be held in Panama in early 2019, Cardinal Kevin Farrell has announced on 12 Jan 2017.

The prefect of the new Vatican dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life said that the event will probably be scheduled for January, February, or March because the climate in Panama weighs against the usual summer months. In the summer, he explained, “you can’t hold it there because it’s the rainy season.” – catholicculture.org

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