Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Monday 27 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Vincent de Paul
home iconChurch
line break icon

Panama will host World Youth Day 2019

Kamil Szumotalski

Vatican Insider - published on 07/31/16

Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez present for announcement, clearly very happy

From Vatican Insider:

The next World Youth Day is to take place in Panama, in 2019, after two years of the event being celebrated at a diocesan level. Pope Francis made the announcement before the Angelus, confirming rumours that had been going round during yesterday’s vigil.

“In these days,” he said, “we have experienced the beauty of our universal fraternity in Christ, the centre and hope of our lives. We have heard his voice, the voice of the Good Shepherd who dwells in our midst. He has spoken to each of you in your heart. He has renewed you by his love and he has shown you the light of his forgiveness, the power of his grace. He has made you experience the reality of prayer. These days have given you a spiritual “breath of fresh air” that will help you live lives of mercy once you return to your own countries and communities.”

Pointing to the example of Mary, Francis invited young people “not to squander the gift you have received, but to treasure it in your heart so it can grow and bear fruit,” so that “each of you, for all your limitations and failings, can be a witness to Christ wherever you live”.

“God’s providence,” Francis added, “is always one step ahead of us. Think: it has already determined the next stop in this great pilgrimage begun in 1985 by Saint John Paul II! So now I am happy to announce that the next World Youth Day – after the two that will be held on the diocesan level – will take place in 2019 in Panama.”

panama gets wyd2018
Kamil Szumotalski

Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez was present at the mass, in the front row, and has attended all of this World Youth Day’s major events. His presence in Poland has stirred up controversy in his country, with people wanting to know why he has attended World Youth Day at the expense of the State. Today Francis answered their question.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
J-P Mauro
Chicago architect models Vatican City from 67,000 LEGO bricks
The Sinai Peninsula and the Dead Sea Rift
J-P Mauro
Experts now believe Sodom was destroyed by a meteor
Philip Kosloski
Why J.R.R. Tolkien loved to attend daily Mass
Bret Thoman, OFS
Exclusive photos: Meet Padre Pio and the place he lived
Giovanna Binci
He’s autistic, she has Down syndrome, and they’re wonderfully hap...
Philip Kosloski
How Our Lady saved Padre Pio from a violent demonic attack
Cerith Gardiner
9 Padre Pio quotes for when you’re feeling scared or uncertain
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.