Panama isn’t the only country that will host World Youth Day pilgrims in January.
Dioceses in Nicaragua and Costa Rica – the closest neighbour to Panama City, the site of World Youth Day, from 22nd to 27th January – are preparing to receive up to 30,000 young people as part of the traditional Days in the Dioceses leading to the main event.
Fr Miguel Adrian Rivera, executive secretary of youth ministry for the Costa Rican bishops’ conference, said parishes are planning to welcome pilgrims for catechetical and cultural events.
“In Panama, as a small country, they considered the eight dioceses of Costa Rica and the eight dioceses of Nicaragua” stops that the young pilgrims can join in preparation for World Youth Day, Fr Rivera said.
The eight dioceses of Panama are also participating in Days in the Dioceses.
Each diocese has a priest overseeing activities that include finding host families, introducing guests to the community and providing information about tourist attractions pilgrims can enjoy.
Picture: World Youth Day volunteers pose outside San Jose Church in Colon, Panama. Volunteers from San Jose Parish pictured in back are Miguel Pinilla, 25, Joan Berrio, 29, Yarlene Allen, 24, and Yitzhak Gonzalez, 26. In front are Neyci Romero, 24, and Yeison Sanchez, 24. World Youth Day 2019 will be celebrated from 22nd to 27th January in Panama City. (CNS photo/Bob Roller).