Panama City (Agenzia Fides) - Less than 60 days before the beginning of World Youth Day (WYD) that will take place in Panama from 22 to 27 January 2019, and after the announcement of the official agenda of Pope Francis for his apostolic visit to the Country, the activities continue to multiply in the archdiocese in preparation for the arrival of the Holy Father.
On Sunday, November 18, thousands of young people who make up the Panamanian delegation "Peregrinos Panama" for the next WYD, gave life to a march from the University of Technology to the University of Santa Maria la Antigua (USMA), where they ended the day with the Mass presided by the Archbishop of Panama, Mgr. José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, who in his homily told them: "Dear young people, you are the reason for this great effort that, as a Church and nation, we are doing, in the organization of WYD". He also recalled that "the goal of WYD is to meet Jesus, to continue living our baptismal commitment with joy, humility and the availability of believers".
On Thursday, November 22, the symbols of World Youth Day - the Pilgrim Cross and the Icon of the Virgin - arrived in the Archdiocese of Panama, to continue their journey, after their pilgrimage through Venezuela. The Day of Prayer for the Nation in the Church of La Merced, in the historic center of Panama City, took place on this day, which this year had a special meaning. The Commission for the Prayer of the Archdiocese gathered together with hundreds of young people to ask God's blessing not only for the country but also for the fruits of WYD 2019, through the prayer of the rosary and the Eucharistic celebration.
Also this same week, the Pope's message was broadcast in preparation for the XXXIV World Youth Day in Panama 2019, in the form of a video message in order to reach as many young people as possible, precisely on the day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 21 November. In the message, the Pope, among other things, urges young people to carry out "the revolution that can upset the great powers of this world, the revolution of service", all this being "in dialogue with God and with an attitude of listening, just like Maria". (LG) (Agenzia Fides 24/11/2018)