08 Aug 2016

Panama WYD19 in the planning

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Rome Reports August 4, 2016

Bishop of Panama: WYD will mean a new opportunity to the youth of Central America

Before returning home from Poland, the bishops of Panama have made a quick pit stop in Rome to thank the Pope for the next World Youth Day.

While at the Vatican, they have also presented the keys of World Youth Day 2019. It is considered an opportunity to improve the lives of young people in Central America.

MSGR. JOSÉ DOMINGO ULLOA, Archbishop of Panama – "The WYD 2019 would be only the end of one of a work that we are doing for the young people in Central America who are forced to migrate, falling into the clutches of drug trafficking, human trafficking, and I think this is the great opportunity we have in Central America to offer them an alternative ...Give them a chance... because we are talking about giving them an opportunity.”

CARD. JOSE LUIS LACUNZA, Bishop of David, Panama – "When we made our request to the Holy Father, it was made through a letter signed by the presidents of the Central American Episcopal Conferences and Cardinals from Central America. So, it's a project that will affect Central America based on Panama.”

On the other hand, they will work to improve infrastructure and build camps for hundreds of thousands of young people in Panama. They have proposed to the Vatican that WYD will be between January and March 2019.

CARD. JOSE LUIS LACUNZA, Bishop of David, Panama – "If we do WYD in July it will be sure to rain.  And it does not rain like it was raining in Poland sparkling, it rains, it rains, it rains, and not a day, three days or a whole week. And then WYD would fail. So we suggested that we should hold it from January to March during the dry season.”

"And also that it coincides with most Latin Americas that are on holiday.”

They assured that the next WYD event will be very Panamanian and will be recognized by the dances, exotic fruits and landscapes.

MGR JOSÉ DOMINGO ULLOA, Archbishop of Panama – "We will be true to the natural landscape that surrounds us, the coastal strip ... The sea is our stage, it is the best scenario we can offer to our people”.

"We have even thought about where we will celebrate the Mass, young people can cross the bridge that links the Canal.”

The most important hosts will be the country's youth. Like these young people, who have spent their last hours in Europe enjoying Rome.

"I would imagine something much more Latin, the songs, food, culture... It will be very different from the previous because we will be able to see more people from Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador. It is very hard for many people in Latin America to travel. We will be able to enjoy that Latin flavour.”

"Many people who come from nearby countries in America will have the opportunity to attend. They will have the opportunity to see it. There are many young Panamanians who tried, who worked and fought to come and that in the end could not come because they couldn't afford the trip. These young people will now have the chance to experience this impressive opportunity.”

There is still a long way to go, at least two and a half years to be exact. So there will be more than enough time to prepare an unforgettable World Youth Day.

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