Places: Panama City and other locations in the country.
Dates: 23rd to 27th of January.
An agenda of encounters with the youth that suffers
Pope Francis will be in Panama from January 23rd to 27th of 2019 on a visit that will be characterized by coming close to a world in pain, where youth live on the margins and in sickness. Responding to the merciful call of “naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Mt 25:36), Pope Francis will dedicate part of his time in Panama with the youth who have no chance to share in the main events of the XXXIV World Youth Day.
Friday January 25th, the pope will visit a Juvenile Detention Center where the youths deprived of liberty will share in a penitential liturgy with the holy father, in an act of repentance, reconciliation, and forgiveness.
On Saturday 26th the pope will visit the Buen Samaritano Home, a shelter for patients suffering HIV-AIDS, regardless of sex, religion, sexual orientation, geographical origin, lacking resources to live and face their condition.
Pope Francis will also pray the Angelus here with youth from the Malambo hospice, from the Saint John Paul II Center for accompaniment of people addicted to drugs and alcohol, from the San José Home run by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and from the Kkottongnae Congregation, dedicated to care for the poor and destitute.
Pope Francis will also hold other encounters and celebrations: On Satuday he will dedicate the altar of the Cathedral Basilica of Santa María la Antigua in Panama. Once this activity is completed, the pope will meet in private with a group of youth representing the continents of the world, in the Major Seminary, with whom he will discuss his vision of the world and faith.
In the afternoon hours, he will meet with the pilgrims in the great Vigil in Saint John Paul II Field. The pilgrims will spend the night there until the Sending Off Mass on Sunday January 27th at eight in the morning.